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Day 51. 4/27/21

Day 51. 4/27/21

Gold Rush Apr 28th, 2021
Fir Wave's 2021 AT Thru-Hike

Started out badly really after yesterday wanted to quit. Gave my disgusting wet smelly clothes to the owner and she washed them and gave me sweats to wear and the morning got clean clothes. Thanks to Michele and Joan for clearing my head. Beautiful day and Damascus is a true trail town everything geared towards it as the trail goes thru the center of town. Saw people I have met in the past and people recognized Piper. I really don’t think I could live with myself if I quit just need to plan better. More food so will continue on and today was a true zero day. Resupplied still need more food get an early start and head out for 5 days with better outlook. Booked a place in Marion Virginia in 60 miles. Going by Mount Rogers highest point in Virginia that I visited with my brother probably close to 40 years ago. Did the usual brushing Piper’s teeth, applying Mushers Secret Paw Wax and combed her fur so she doesn’t get knots. Put an skin lubricant where her pack could rub beneath her front legs. I do this everyday and today I trimmed her fur. She is a real trooper with all this. I trimmed her nails which is a real struggle she hates it. I don’t hurt her never cut the quick but it’s so difficult. That’s the only problem I ever have but I need to keep them short so she doesn’t tear the tent. Fortunately that’s only every few weeks.

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Comments (5)

sarah_727 May 6th, 2021


Barry May 1st, 2021

I enjoy following your progress. I have given the link to the other guys in the poker group, so I bet many of them are following you, too. We will be have having out 1st post-pandemic poker game later this month and we are sure to discuss your progress while playing your favorite "7 or 27." Barry

Kmlaura Apr 30th, 2021

Glad you didn’t quit... you are doing amazing! I love following your journey with Piper it’s fantastic... remember a bad day on the trail is better than the best day using EMR!! Haha Stay safe!

moosehick5989 Apr 30th, 2021

Piper is getting the royal treatment huh! I bet you haven’t been combing your hair or clipping your nails 😂😂😂😂 glad you didn’t quit, this adventure will be trying but you got it!!!

allentherush Apr 29th, 2021

Hey, you're making great progress - three states done! Mount Rogers coming up. It will be cool for you going back there after we were there in early 1980s. Hopefully you'll see the ponies. It's always a blast revisiting places we were at so long ago. Like Shenandoah National Park - going back to the early 1970's when we were kids on a family trip - with camping at Big Meadows and hiking White Oak Canyon. And Harpers Ferry, later in the 1970s - where you rappelled off the Maryland Heights cliff with Scouts (I missed out on that - guess I was too young). I was just there for a stop in route to Greenbrier County, WV for caving. Rappelling off Maryland Heights as a teenager must have been an experience of a lifetime. Hey, during those long days on the trail through Virginia, keep in mind how wonderful it will feel seeing those Maryland Heights cliffs again when you get to Harpers Ferry. Wow!