More Virginia, Pride Month, and Misogyny

This week and a half I covered some good ground through Virginia, and finally passed from a somewhat boring section into a section with way more landmarks and views, including both Dragon’s Tooth and Macafee Knob. I hit a new highest number of miles with a 25-mile day, which wound up putting me into camp... Continue Reading →

Hiking Back Home

This week definitely came with some rough patches and a little bad luck. Shortly after Damascus I realized that my feet had swollen so much that they outgrew my shoes, so I had to cut slits in the sides of them so my feet would have more room. It helped some, but I've still been... Continue Reading →

Trail Days!

Last week was an unusual one. I hiked from Roan Mountain, TN, into Damascus, VA, for the Trail Days festival. The terrain was very easy and less hilly than usual, which was a nice break. I spent most of the week hiking with some friends and met some new folks that I really like, which... Continue Reading →

Rain, Terrain, and Transness

This week I went from Hot Springs, NC to Roan Mountain, TN with a stop in Erwin, TN, which added up to around 120 miles. The terrain was a little tougher than last week, with lots of climbing and extremely rocky sections. There were a few places I had to throw my trekking poles ahead... Continue Reading →

Town Days and Crushing Miles

This week I officially left the Smokies, and I hiked from Gatlinburg to Hot Springs. Even though Gatlinburg is a tourist hell-hole, I somehow wound up staying there for two days and was itching to go by the time I left. Hot Springs on the other hand is a beautiful little hiker’s paradise and I've... Continue Reading →

Solitude, Community, and Trail Legs

This week brought lots of sunny days and some intense hiking. After the snowstorm last Saturday we hiked down into the Nantahala Outdoor Center, where it was about 70 degrees. We spent most of our Easter Sunday drinking beer and lounging by the river, giving thanks for the warmth. In the few days after that... Continue Reading →

Week One

So far I've hiked for about five days and around 60 miles. I've climbed a couple of mountains, including one in the middle of a thunderstorm, had to run behind a tree to put my Diva Cup in, and gotten the privilege of hiking through countless clouds. Today was my sixth day out here and... Continue Reading →

Getting Ready To Go

Right now I'm in Atlanta for the day after taking an overnight Amtrak train from Virginia last night. Tomorrow my friend Rachael, who deserves a big shoutout for making my life much easier, will drive me from Atlanta to the start of the trail and I’ll begin my journey. Also shoutout to Teeter, who I... Continue Reading →

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