Fifteenth day 7/21/20

START: Craig Creek   VA621   4am
FINISH: Black Horse Gap  BRP97.7  12:10am
54.8 miles    20:10     2.7mph
Total miles –  743.4     49.5 mpd

Hot with two thunderstorms (nearby Roanoke got to 100 degrees yesterday for the first time in eight years).

Mercury flowed with the heat over Dragon’s Tooth, through sweltering unshaded fields, over McAfee’s Knob and Tinker Cliffs, getting a welcome soaking by two thunderstorms, and through the noisy Land of Neon before arriving at Black Horse Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway accompanied by a noisy, lightning filled night sky but with no rain.
She was here last December on the final miles of her first ever ultramarathon, the 66.6 mile Hellgate crafted by the legendary runner, and former LT, AT and PCT endurance record holder, David Horton.
Her feet are sore but she liked the Twizzlers that Jupiter got her. This is a good place to be fifteen days out of Springer.

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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