Thirty-seventh day W 8/12/20

START:  Stratton-Arlington Rd.  4:04 am
FINISH: VT. Rt 140     9:30 pm
43.6 miles    17:26      2.5 mph
1,689.6 total miles     45.7 mpd
Nice hiking weather

Another good day for Mercury! (but still not at peak flowing because of sore feet).
She picked up her pace a bit to have a ‘normal’ day which is 17    1     6:
17 hours of hiking
1 hour of prep/cleaning – ‘.5 hour in morning before hiking; .5 hour in evening for cleaning
6 hours of sleep
We haven’t had a ‘normal’ day in a long time so that is a reason for hope.
Hope that Mercury continues to possess the resolve and determination to reach Katahdin in 13 days to have an under 50-day thru-hike. She has the roughest, toughest section of the AT looming ahead of her – the White Mts. of NH and the mountains of western Maine.
Hope that Pegasus makes it to the end as Jupiter treats its transmission crib/cradle gently.
Hope that Jupiter can find places, which are limited, to post Mercury’s updates from his laptop.
Yesterday’s update posting place had Jupiter’s face just a foot away from the butt of a rather large carved bear as he plugged into a working outdoor socket of a deserted, hoity-toity ski area.


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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