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  1. Made it to The NOC!

    Every hill seems steeper and higher than the last and my body is asking me "what have I done to deserve this?"
    The descent into NOC was hard on the knees but fast. Gonna hole up in the hostel tonight and rest for the biggest climb yet, out of the NOC and into Fontana. I SHOULD have had my Fontana mail drop sent here because the resupply is bad and getting into Brison City is dicey.
    I keep hearing horror stories of a virus running amoke up the trail. Can only hope I can avoid ...
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  2. March 27th thru March 31st...

    March 27, 2013 - March 28, 2013 Hot Springs, NC (Pisgah National Forest)
    There were still hikers that wanted to wait out the weather and stay in Gatlinburg until the Smokies reopened. This included the 5 original guys I had met the second day on the trail. I did not want to hike in 2 to 4 feet of snow so Wet Dog and I agreed that we would skip the 35 miles and move to Hot Springs. The plan was to come back after we got up to Main and get back down to Gatlinburg to make up the miles. He was ...
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  3. Should have started in

    by , 04-15-2013 at 09:29 (Fireweed - An Older Woman Who Hikes Solo and With Friends)
    Connectivity has been sparse. We abandoned Pennsylvania in Port Clinton, and after a daring mid day raid on the largest Cabella's in the US we headed to Maryland's northern border. We did the whole state (only 45+ miles) into Harper's Ferry and hiked in record breaking heat. PA was record breaking cold. been that kind of trip. So, here we are, nearing Damascus, VA where I left off last spring. It's raining and 75 so that's a good thing. John may be heading out after this Friday and I'll likely ...
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  4. March 22 thru March 25...

    March 22, 2013 Mollies Ridge Shelter
    Day one into the Smokies was an 11 mile hike up to Mollies Shelter and got me to the ridge line of the Smokies. Overcast and cold. I had watched the weather but there was only rain in the forecast. I had forgotten though as you get up in elevation things can quickly change and get very bad. That night it rained and then woke up with the plan to hike to Derrek Shelter. Hiked in the mist and some rain. Got up on the next day to rain and could not decide ...
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  5. March 17th thru March 21...

    March 17, 2013 NOC NC
    I got up the next morning quickly got packed up and hiked a mile into NOC where I would pick up my computer, check into the hostel and then setup to do work. It was around 11am when I finally had eaten and taken a shower and I decided to set up in the camp kitchen where there were tables for me to sprawl out all my work and get busy to getting the job done so I could get on the trail again the next day. This day I would meet Wet Dog. Wet Dog was from New Jersey. I came ...
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