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City: Aberdeen
State: Maryland
Country: USA
Begins: May 27, 2013
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, May 22nd, 2017
Start: Keys Gap WV.
End: Route 66 in Linden VA.
Daily Distance: 10
Trip Distance: 60.5

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Ok so gear is packed, weight in 27 lbs. with food and 2 liters of water.. 2 lbs more than I wanted. Hopefully my knees will hold up and not turn to rubber on the roller coaster. Looks like the first day will be 14 miles of hiking.

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The Day It Started

Hooked, that all it took 6.5 miles from on the Appalachian trail from Keys Gap West Virginia to Harper's Ferry. I was not even finished and already starting to plan the next hike.

Tonight at sunset walking on the snowy road,
my shoes crunching on the frozen gravel, first

through the woods, then out into the open fields
past a couple of trailers and some pickup trucks, I stop

and look at the sky. Suddenly: orange, red, pink, blue,
green, purple, yellow, gray, all at once and everywhere.

I pause in this moment at the beginning of my old age
and I say a prayer of gratitude for getting to this evening

a prayer for being here, today, now, alive
in this life, in this evening, under this sky.

by David Budbill


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