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Fireweed - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2019

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 2, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, May 4th, 2019
Start: Dickeys Gap
End: Partnership Shelter
Daily Distance: 14
Trip Distance: 326.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 42
Journal Visits: 3,784
Guestbook Views: 78
Guestbook Entrys: 6

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Sufi words of wisdom

Push into Marion, VA

We made our goal of reaching the Partnership Shelter to be able to get into Marion, VA to avoid the bad weather. We arrived only 6 days before psycho James Jordan killed a hiker in this section. Yippee!! Good karma, I guess. Jerry Taylor, a trail angel from Valley View Baptist church from Sugar Grove, VA stationed at Slabtown Rd. offered cold drinks, snacks and everything a hiker may need from an old bus re-conditioned as a trail angel vehicle. Thank God for small favors. Too bad he and Jesus couldn't prevent the upcoming murder. You'd think at least omnipotent Jesus would be concerned. But--we are on our own out here, despite trail angels. I asked Jerry Taylor what the difference was between the plethora of "Free Will" Baptist churches and other Baptist churches like his and he demurred--relegating the answer to more learned individuals than himself. "Lots of churches here--its the Bible Belt" he replied. Some local hikers gave us a ride into Marion (Hangman and Big Dipper) , after sharing beers at Partnership Shelter. Doc was in town, too and we met up to go to dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. Very loud Southern Rock music--someone's birthday party with DJ going on. We danced to "Play that Funky Music White Boy" while waiting to pay for our food.

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