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  1. Day 57: Ponies!

    Had a good night sleep. Two Knees and I officially broke our 10 night hostel streak. Today is a 12 mile day, but mostly uphill. Saw Ice Cream Man at a road crossing. He gives out ice cream sandwiches as Trail Magicís it was much appreciated before the 2.5 mile climb. Got some good views in before the clouds rolled in. Didnít rain on us too bad for most of the day, but for a 30 minute stretch there was a good pour. Enough to get my socks and shoes soaked. I had managed to keep my feet dry up until ...
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  2. Day 56: Slow and steady

    I had to mail my pack and sleeping bag home and the post office didnít open until 8:30am. So no rushing this morning. Got to the post office and was told they didnít have a box big enough for my pack. Luckily the outfitter a block away had one, so I was good to go. We got breakfast and was on trail by 10am. Kind of a late start for our 15.7 miles and itís suppose to rain this afternoon, but if we need to stop early we will. Took breaks every couple hours for Not Sure. He held up well considering ...
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  3. Day 55: Zero in Damascus

    Slept in this morning. Packed up my new pack for the first time. Everything fits really well. I weighed it with 2 days of food and no water and it came to 22 lbs!! Hopefully it rides well. Made it back into Damascus in the early afternoon. The Place, the hostel we are staying at tonight, has check in at 4:30pm. So we got a late lunch and chilled. The Place is run by a church, but it was not very welcoming. The guy running it was rude and there were a lot of rules. Anyways itís only for a night. ...
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  4. Day 54: Trail Days

    Excited to experience trail days today. Going to visit vendors, eat food, and see hikers Iíve met on trail. I would like to get a new pack and sleeping bag. My pack is 4.5 lbs which is on the heavy side, but is comfortable. The 2.5 lb packs arenít meant to carry more than 25-30 lbs. Now that itís warming up I want to switch my 15 degree bag to a 40 degree. I have one at home, but itís the same weight (2.4 lbs) as my one now. Hopefully, I can find one lighter here. There werenít many good pack vendors ...
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  5. Day 53: Goodbye Tennessee

    Have a 22 mile slack pack today. Getting shuttled by Boots Off to the trailhead. Unfortunately they couldnít get me there until 9:30am. Iíll be hiking into Damascus and Trail Days starts today. Trail Days is a annual event. There are vendors, food, and music. Hikers come from past years and current thru hikers shuttle back or up wherever they are on trail. The hike today is a pretty nice one. Iím up on a ridge, so thereís little elevation change before I descend into Damascus. Made good time. About ...
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