Twenty-third day W 7/29/20

START:¬† Keys Gap¬† ¬†WV Rt.9¬† ¬† 4:28 am FINISH: Warner Gap Road¬† ¬† ¬†7:45 pm 40.5 miles¬† ¬† 15:17¬† ¬†2.6 mph 1,060.7 total miles¬† ¬† ¬† 46.1 mpd Hot¬† humid¬† ¬†no rain¬† ¬† but not many bugs Although the miles might not show it, today was a good day for Mercury. Virginia and West VirginiaContinue reading “Twenty-third day W 7/29/20”

Third week recap of Mercury’s AT transit

#15¬† T¬† 7/21 54.8 miles Craig Creek to Black Horse Gap¬† 4am-12:10am¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†20:10¬† ¬†2.7 mph #16 W 7/22 54.1 miles BH Gap to Punchbowl Crossing¬† 5:05am-midnight 18:55¬† ¬† 2.9 mph #17 R 7/23¬† 47.4 miles Punchbowl¬† to Reids Gap¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†4:35am-11:30pm¬† ¬†18.55¬† ¬† 2.5 mph #18 F 7/24¬† 47.2Continue reading “Third week recap of Mercury’s AT transit”

Twenty-first day M 7/27/20

START:¬† Thornton Gap¬† ¬† SNP¬† ¬† ¬†4:15am FINISH: VA 602¬† ¬† 4:35pm 26.3 miles¬† ¬† 12:20¬† ¬† 2.1 mph 971.1 total miles¬† ¬†46.2 mpd 68.6 miles behind Jennifer 49.9 miles behind Stringbean Hot but no rain finally Second straight day of ‘recovery’ mode rather than ‘record’ mode. Left shin is still preventing Mercury from running.Continue reading “Twenty-first day M 7/27/20”

Nineteenth day 7/25/20

START: Loft Mountain CG¬† ¬† 4:40 am FINISH: Hawksbill Gap¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 8:30 pm 39.2 miles¬† ¬† 15:50¬† ¬† ¬†2.5mph Warm¬† ¬†thunderstorm 932 total miles¬† ¬† ¬†49.1 mpd 6.5 miles behind Jennifer 6.5 miles ahead of Stringbean Joined by some more folks again trying to offer support/encouragement to our ‘damsel in some distress’. Persistent/painfulContinue reading “Nineteenth day 7/25/20”

Seventeenth day R 7/23/20

START:¬† Punchbowl Crossing¬† 4:35am FINISH: Reids Gap¬† ¬† ¬†11:30pm 47.4 miles¬† ¬† 18:55¬† ¬†2.5 mph Hot¬† / Thunderstorms 845.6 total miles¬† ¬† ¬† 49.7 mpd 6.3 miles ahead of Jennifer 23.5 miles ahead of Stringbean Wet feet make for blisters – not too bad, but we have to spend ten minutes each morning dressing them.Continue reading “Seventeenth day R 7/23/20”

Sixteenth day – W 7/22/20

START:¬† Black Horse Gap¬† (BRP)¬† ¬† 5:05am FINISH: Punchbowl Crossing (BRP)¬† midnight 54.1 miles¬† ¬† 18:55¬† ¬† ¬†2.9 mph 798.2 total miles¬† ¬† ¬†49.8 mpd 11.8 miles in front of JPD¬† ¬† ¬† 23.3 miles ahead of Stringbean Strong Thunderstorms – late afternoon/evening After getting in late after a long hot day, Mercury departs forContinue reading “Sixteenth day – W 7/22/20”

Fifteenth day 7/21/20

START: Craig Creek¬† ¬†VA621¬† ¬†4am FINISH: Black Horse Gap¬† BRP97.7¬† 12:10am 54.8 miles¬† ¬† 20:10¬† ¬† ¬†2.7mph Total miles –¬† 743.4¬† ¬† ¬†49.5 mpd Hot with two thunderstorms (nearby Roanoke got to 100 degrees yesterday for the first time in eight years). Mercury flowed with the heat over Dragon’s Tooth, through sweltering unshaded fields, overContinue reading “Fifteenth day 7/21/20”