Twenty-eighth day M 8/3/20

START: PA Rt. 309    5 am
FINISH: PA Rt.191   midnight
42.5 mikes 19:00     2.2 mph
1299.4  total miles    46.4  mpd
Nice day for hiking

Mercury negotiated some treacherous rocky sections today being cautious.
She was slowed more by blisters and sore feet due to all the rocks in the trail.
Her left shin splint continues to improve.
The highlight for Jupiter was the appearance by Sam Swisher-McClure who he mentored  on a LT endurance record in 1997 and a courageous try at the AT endurance record in 1998. Seeing Sam and Mercury walk together filled his heart full and made him cry.
An AT endurance record attempt is so intense. so simple, so true!
Liz’s parents and sister showed up later in the day to show their support on her difficult endeavor. This also was an emotional, very real moment.
Liz beat the tropical storm in by hiking a particularly rocky section at night alone.
Looks like wet and windy weather tomorrow.

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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