Ninth day W 7/15/20

START:   Rt. 19E    4:05am
FINISH: Wilbur Dam Road  6:48pm
37.7 miles       14:43   2.6mph
431.4 total miles     47.9 mpd

Right shin is still bothering Mercury forcing her to walk all day. Day is the hottest one yet.
Rater than tackle a 16.1 mile section at the end of the day, and then late into the night, the team makes a decision to stop early and go to the nearby Appalachian Folk  School for laundry, shower and about six hours of sleep. This will mean we will catch up to Odyssa (Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011) sometime between day 15 and 25 rather than catching up to her tomorrow. Hopefully, in the long run, this decision will have more pros than cons.
Only time, and the trail itself, will determine the outcome of this decision.

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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