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RevLee - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2010

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City: Midlothian
State: VA
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 1, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Oct 19th, 2017
Start: Goddard Shelter
End: Stratton-Arlington Rd
Daily Distance: 12.5
Trip Distance: 1,605.2

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Amtrak was still in her tent when we left. She's getting back on after injuries and wanted to take it slow. In a quarter mile after leaving the shelter we came to the Glastenbury fire tower. It has great views, but with the wind it was very chilly and we didn't stay long. The rest of the day was small ups and downs, and of course rocks, roots, and bogs. The dirt is very rich and very dark. It also retain a lot of water, so these bogs or little muck pits form. A lot of time and effort is spent sitting around them. With all the falling leaves, the streams are full of tannins, making the water yellowish and tart. One big change from when we started is the number of people using water filters. Starting in Georgia, many hikers got their water straight from springs or streams without filtering. Now, almost everyone is using the Sawyer squeeze filters. Also a lot more of them are flip flopping. Instead of doing the traditional northbound or southbound hike, they might start in the middle to avoid the "bubble" of hikers going up the trail. Tonight we're camping again, so we can start at the base of Stratton mountain since it is a big climb and there were no places to stop part way up. It will be our last big climb before Manchester Center, our stopping point.

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