Forty-ninth day M 8/24/20

START: Boise Rd.  4:29 am
FINISH:  ME Rt. 15  5:32 pm

31.4 miles   13:03   2.4 mph
2,089.1 total miles   42.6 mpd
Morning nice; rain in the afternoon/evening

Sometimes as the end gets somewhat near, the anticipation may effect motivation along with the weather and a summer sausage big toe.
Mercury, instead of going into a 14.3 mile segment of slippery slate and two stream crossings and hiking until midnight, decided to call it a day and get well-rested before entering the 100-mile ‘wilderness’. She will start tomorrow morning at 2am to help make up the 14.3 mile deficit.
Still expected to finish on Katahdin in less than 52 days.
Intelligent, realistic adaptation and resiliency have been admirable keystones of Mercury’s AT transit. (The committee on the non-election of Jupiter and Pegasus approve this message.)
For all our faithful readers out there, we will be going ‘off-line’ and ‘on-trail’ until Thursday. The only living creatures knowing what is going on are the moose, spruce grouse and the loons (including Jupiter).

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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