Jupiter here for Mercury AT Transit support

Hello Mercury followers!
I’m Jupiter (maybe because I’m big and old). Real name is Warren Doyle (www.warrendoyle.com) and I have a positive addiction to supporting ‘travelers on the way to becoming’, especially when it comes to AT endurance record attempts
After a year-long prep period, Mercury is ready to flow northward towards Katahdin. It is an honor/privilege to be her support van driver/logistician. The support van is a 2003 Ford Windstar (standard soccer mom van) bought at an auction. This will be an intensely simple exercise in strategic, relentless forward motion hoping for a ‘draw’ with the AT at the end.
Starting by Friday July 10, I will be updating Mercury’s progress here daily. There may be some days I won’t be able to do daily updates because of wifi availability (I don’t have a smartphone; just a wisecellphone).
The updates will include; day #; date; start place; end place; miles for the day; time elapsed between the first step and last step of the day; total miles for the transit; and, where Mercury is in relation to Jennifer Pharr Davis (Odyssa) and Karel Sabbe.
There may be descriptive notes for each day – like how fast Mercury had to run after she stepped on a bee nest in the ground. I will try to keep my ‘eye rolling’ humor to a minimum.
This is an Olympian endeavor and I hope to prove the adage “Genius is wisdom and youth!” to be true. Onward!

Who is Mercury?

Liz Derstine, trail name “Mercury”, is a distance runner, endurance hiker, writer, and musician residing in Boston, MA. She holds fastest known times for women on the Appalachian Trail (supported, northbound), Long Trail (self-supported), and Pinhoti Trail (self-supported).

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