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.