Greetings from Paducah, Kentucky! It’s been just over two weeks since I completed the Appalachian Trail on August 27th. I’ve begun several new long journeys since, including physically recovering, mentally unpacking my time on the AT (or at least trying to), and a solo road trip back home to Oregon. You’ve likely heard by nowContinue reading “A Happy Beginning for “THE TOE””
From Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine, my nearly 52 days spent on the Appalachian Trail were like a hyperlapse of rising and falling suns, moons, stars, storms, calm, mountains, valleys… it wasn’t so much a daily endeavor, but more like a singular continuous stretch, moving ever forward. I felt so confident andContinue reading “Musings from Mercury”
From a misty, moist midnight start on Springer (7/7) to a crystal-clear, cool, windy late afternoon end atop Katahdin (8/27), it was a journey of relentless forward motion steeped in perseverance, resiliency, focus, discipline, patience, adaptability, and sound decision-making. It was a trek filled with natural beauty, smooth teamwork, intelligence, raw emotion and overcoming fear/self-doubt.Continue reading “Jupiter’s Final Reflection on Mercury’s AT Transit”
Mercury’s 2020 Transit of the AT 7/7/20 to 8/27/20 51 days 16 hours 30 minutes DAY DATE END MILES TIME Continue reading “Mercury’s Day-to-Day Transit of the AT”
WEEK WHERE MILESa MPDa PACEa TIMEa SLEEPa #1 7/7-13 Springer to Erwin, TN 342.7 48.9 2.7mph 18:06 4 hours #2 7/14-20 Erwin, TN toContinue reading “Quantitative Recap of Mercury’s 2020 transit of the AT”
START: Pollywog Stream 2 am FINISH: KATAHDIN! 4:30 pm 2,203.6 miles 42.4 miles per day average (final) Wonderful weather but a bit windy, and cool, above timberline Jupiter’s alarm goes off at 1:20am after a 4+ hour of sleep under two blankets – one made of cloth and one made of stars. HeContinue reading “Fifty-second (and last!) day R 8/27/20”
START: West Branch Ponds Rd. 5 am FINISH: Pollywog Stream 7:45 pm 37.3 miles 14:45 2.5 mph 2,171.1 total miles 42.8 mpd Great weather – breezy, blue sky, cool temps Mercury heads off into the ‘Plain of Reflection’ – a relatively flat section of trail before Katahdin. She glides at a goodContinue reading “Fifty -first day W 8/26/20”
START: ME Rt. 15 2 am FINISH: West Branch Ponds Rd. (Logan Brook Rd.) 11:50 pm 44.7 miles 21:50 2.0 mph 2,133.8 total miles 42.8 mpd average Misty, moist pre-morning; torrential thunderstorm mid-morning; clear in afternoon and evening What a way to celebrate one’s 35th birthday! Another ‘statement’ day fromContinue reading “Fiftieth day T 8/25/20”
#43 T 8/18 26.0 miles Pinkham Notch 4:12am-6:27pm 14:15 1.8 mph #44 W 8/19 21.9 miles Hogan Rd. 7:02am-6:59pm 9:57 2.2 mph #45 R 8/20 30.3 miles Grafton Notch 3am-6:30pm Continue reading “Seventh week recap of Mercury’s AT Transit”
#36 T 8/11 44.1 miles Stratton-Arlington Rd. 4:02am-10:35pm 18:33 2.4 mph #37 W 8/12 43.6 miles VT Rt. 140 4:02am-9:30pm 17:28 2.5 mph #38 R 8/13 47.7 miles VTContinue reading “Sixth week of Mercury’s AT Transit”
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