Jupiter’s Final Reflection on Mercury’s AT Transit

From a misty, moist midnight start on Springer (7/7) to a crystal-clear, cool, windy late afternoon end atop Katahdin (8/27), it was a journey of relentless forward motion steeped in perseverance, resiliency, focus, discipline, patience, adaptability, and sound decision-making.¬† It was a trek filled with natural beauty, smooth teamwork, intelligence, raw emotion and overcoming fear/self-doubt.Continue reading “Jupiter’s Final Reflection on Mercury’s AT Transit”

Mercury’s Day-to-Day Transit of the AT

Mercury‚Äôs 2020 Transit of the AT¬† 7/7/20 to 8/27/20 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 51 days¬† 16 hours¬† 30 minutes DAY ¬† DATE ¬† END ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† MILES¬† TIME ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Continue reading “Mercury’s Day-to-Day Transit of the AT”

Quantitative Recap of Mercury’s 2020 transit of the AT

WEEK¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† WHERE¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† MILESa¬† ¬† MPDa¬† ¬† PACEa¬† ¬† TIMEa¬† ¬†SLEEPa #1 7/7-13¬† ¬† ¬†Springer to Erwin, TN¬† ¬† 342.7¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 48.9¬† ¬† ¬† 2.7mph¬† 18:06¬† ¬† ¬† 4 hours #2 7/14-20¬† ¬†Erwin, TN to VA621¬†Continue reading “Quantitative Recap of Mercury’s 2020 transit of the AT”

Fifty-second (and last!) day R 8/27/20

START:¬† Pollywog Stream¬† ¬† ¬†2 am FINISH: KATAHDIN!¬† ¬†4:30 pm 2,203.6 miles¬† ¬† ¬†42.4¬† miles per day average (final) Wonderful weather but a bit windy, and cool, above timberline Jupiter’s alarm goes off at 1:20am after a 4+ hour of sleep under two blankets – one made of cloth and one made of stars. HeContinue reading “Fifty-second (and last!) day R 8/27/20”

Fifty -first day W 8/26/20

START:¬† West Branch Ponds Rd.¬† 5 am FINISH: Pollywog Stream¬† 7:45 pm 37.3 miles¬† ¬† ¬† 14:45¬† ¬† ¬†2.5 mph 2,171.1 total miles¬† ¬†42.8 mpd Great weather – breezy, blue sky, cool temps Mercury heads off into the ‘Plain of Reflection’ – a relatively flat section of trail before Katahdin. She glides at a goodContinue reading “Fifty -first day W 8/26/20”

Fiftieth day T 8/25/20

START:¬† ME Rt. 15¬† ¬† ¬†2 am FINISH: West Branch Ponds Rd. (Logan Brook Rd.)¬† ¬†11:50 pm 44.7 miles¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†21:50¬† ¬† ¬† 2.0 mph 2,133.8 total miles¬† 42.8 mpd average Misty, moist pre-morning; torrential thunderstorm mid-morning; clear in afternoon and evening What a way to celebrate one’s 35th birthday! Another ‘statement’ day fromContinue reading “Fiftieth day T 8/25/20”

Seventh week recap of Mercury’s AT Transit

#43¬† T¬† 8/18¬† ¬† 26.0 miles¬† ¬†Pinkham Notch¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†4:12am-6:27pm¬† ¬†14:15¬† ¬†1.8 mph #44¬† W 8/19¬† ¬†21.9 miles¬† ¬†Hogan Rd.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†7:02am-6:59pm¬† ¬† 9:57¬† ¬† 2.2 mph #45¬† R¬† 8/20¬† ¬†30.3 miles¬† ¬†Grafton Notch¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†3am-6:30pm¬† ¬†Continue reading “Seventh week recap of Mercury’s AT Transit”

Sixth week of Mercury’s AT Transit

#36¬† T¬† 8/11¬† 44.1 miles¬† ¬† Stratton-Arlington Rd.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†4:02am-10:35pm¬† ¬† 18:33¬† ¬†2.4 mph #37¬† W 8/12¬† 43.6 miles¬† ¬†VT Rt. 140¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†4:02am-9:30pm¬† ¬† ¬† 17:28¬† ¬† 2.5 mph #38¬† R¬† 8/13¬† ¬†47.7 miles¬† VTContinue reading “Sixth week of Mercury’s AT Transit”

Forty-eighth day Su 8/23/20

START:¬† Stratton Brook Pond Road¬† ¬†4:02am FINISH:¬† ¬†Boise Rd.¬† ¬† ¬†10:15pm 41.5 mileby s¬† ¬† ¬† 18:13¬† ¬† ¬†2.3 mph 2,057.7 total miles¬† ¬† 42.9 mpd Unexpected good weather Mercury finished the last of the last of the ‘227-mile roughest, toughest section’ of the AT before noon and now has 146 miles left with fewerContinue reading “Forty-eighth day Su 8/23/20”