Fourth day 7/10/20

START:  GSNP southern boundary   4:04am
FINISH: Newfound Gap   8:35pm
39.6 miles    16:30    2.4 mph
Total miles in four days: 206.8 miles     54.2mpd
-3.0 miles with Karel

Only one small storm which was sat out in a shelter.
Mercury was stalled for 20 minutes by a momma bear eating grass along the trail with her baby cub up in a tree next to her. After waiting a bit, Mercury decided to bushwack around her.
The 33.3 mile roadless mile section is the longest she will have to go without support.
Tomorrow will be a critical day concerning her chances on the overall AT record held by Karel Sabbe.
Shin splints continue to slow Mercury’s pace, who is walking more than running now.

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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