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    All the best to you as your journey begins.

    My only advice: do whatever it takes to make it as enjoyable as possible.

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    Hello WhiteBlaze! Reporting in from Waynesboro, VA. I leave out of here tomorrow and enter Shenandoah. The last 800 or so miles have been a lot of fun. The first 400 were incredible and hard working, and the past 400 easier but with more uneventful stretches. This is where the people you meet on trail keep you going. I've met so many kind souls! Georgia was over so far, North Carolina/TN were the most eventful with amazing views. It's getting hot and I'll be happy to get to Harpers Ferry and out of VA. I've hiked on and off with 3 of the 15 or so I started with. Lost a few before the smoky mountains, and a few somewhere along the the way to Damascus. VA took the rest of them off the trail for various reasons. If not, I haven't seen them in a few weeks, so maybe they are far behind. I'm hiking with a brit (Foghorn), a female swede (Droptop), and a guy from Texas (Worm), so conversation has been interesting. I feel strong and my kit is a little lighter with advice from others along the way. I just changed out a my moab shoes for new ones. I've spent about $1100 so far, and every day is a new adventure. I will check in again around 1600 miles.

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    If you made it this far, you’ll make it. Congrats.

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    Finished my 10 year section hike last July. Last week came back and rehiked SNP (108 miles Waynesboro/Rock Fish Gap to Front Royal). So enjoy the wayside grills, Blackberry shakes, camp store resupplies, showers, views, and relatively mild trail. I did enough to choose to spend a week this summer redoing it.

    Harpers Ferry "half way" picture just around the corner after SNP and the roller coaster.

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    Good choice of start date. I used to start on April Fool's Day (April 1st) but after trial and error I found that it's a bit too early. April 15 is the perfect start date because it's the right balance between early and late and lets you avoid some bad weather and maybe even snow in the Smokies.

    I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

    ~John Muir

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    Apparently this year there is a group called "The Brits" which features two hikers from the UK and two hikers from the US. If you know about this, please tell me more!

    I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

    ~John Muir

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