Nineteenth day 7/25/20

START: Loft Mountain CG    4:40 am
FINISH: Hawksbill Gap        8:30 pm
39.2 miles    15:50     2.5mph
Warm   thunderstorm

932 total miles     49.1 mpd
6.5 miles behind Jennifer
6.5 miles ahead of Stringbean

Joined by some more folks again trying to offer support/encouragement to our ‘damsel in some distress’.
Persistent/painful left shin splint is still slowing Mercury down on a trail she should be walking/running at a 3.0 mph pace.
She stopped early (8:30 am) to try to get more sleep and rest her injury.
We don’t have too may cards left in our hand.
The next two days will determine the nature of Mercury’s AT transit for the rest of the summer.

Who is Mercury?

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

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