Twenty-fifth day F 7/31/20

START:   Pine Grove Furnace State Park  4 am

FINISH: North side Susquehanna River   9:15 pm
47 miles     17:15     2.7 mph
1,156.9 total miles   46.3 miles per day average
Overcast morning   not as hot afternoon/evening

Again, not wanting to reinjure her left shin, Mercury walked most of the day but at a slightly increased pace.
She was able to manage today’s mileage without doing any trail hiking after sunset – a hopeful note.

It was wonderful to cross the Susquehanna River at day’s end, The ‘effort’ halfway point.
Jupiter hopes that Mercury’s second half is slightly better (mileage/pace-wise) than the first half. A sub 50-day AT traverse is quite an achievement achieved by just a few.

And now onward to the 200 mile of rocks in PA and NJ!


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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