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6:30 am : Beep, Beep, Beep. Ugh, don’t want to get up yet. But I have to pee. Omg, unzip tent! Must pee. Must pee. Got it…
8:00 am : It is way too early to be going uphill. I wonder what kind of view there is on Annapolis Rock. I should eat a Cliff bar when I get there. It was so great to see my college friends this week. I should’ve had water after those beers last night. I wonder how long it will be until I come back to Maryland. I need to floss.
8:30 am : Nice view from Annapolis Rock. It would’ve been cool to camp here. I hope my muscles don’t eat themselves. I need to eat more snacks to make up for my lack of appetite at meal time. Goodbye view, need to hike.
11:00 am : Is that Brandon that smells or me? Those day hikers smell so good. I wonder if they can smell us. Two roads diverge in a yellow wood – Robert Frost. The road less traveled. I’m glad we all memorized that poem. Ahhhh! Omg. Brandon, that scream scared the hell out of me. It’s only a snake. I should memorize “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss tonight. I’m so glad I’m not studying for the BAR right now. I miss Chicago. I should apply for Survivor again. I think I need to eat another Cliff bar.
12:00 pm : Was that thunder? Ugh. Need to get off these boulders before it pours. Must run. Shit, almost fell! Thank god for my trekking poles. I wonder whether The Sex & The City movie is any good. I wish I could push my start date for work back another week. It was good to talk to Cowgirl yesterday. I wonder if Nobody is ahead of us. We have to catch up to Moose and Tetherball. And it’s raining.
2:00 pm : A road. There are people. Maybe it’s trail magic. I don’t know if it is. I’ll pause near them and see what happens. Would you like a popsicle? Woohoo! Don’t mind if I do. I love trail magic.
3:00 pm : Picnic tables. Campground. 18 miles down, 5 to go. A man is walking towards us.
3:30 pm : Man invited us into his home! He’s picking us up in 8 miles. Wait, does that make today a marathon? I wonder if there are strings attached to the man’s gesture. Maybe he’s just lonely. I don’t know how I’m going to put on heels for work after this. Man, this terrain is rocky.
5:15 pm : 7 miles by 7pm. Ugh, not going to make it. I need to run. That lady at the last shelter was hilarious! She could’ve entertained me for hours. Ow! Damn slippery log. That’s gonna bruise tomorrow.
7:00 pm : In car with man who seems legit. Getting ice cream to eat after steak dinner. Eggs and bacon tomorrow AM . This is heaven.
8:00 pm : This man is a trail angel. I’m drinking wine on a porch over-looking the mountains I just climbed. I’ve got good company and steaks on the grill. There’s no place I’d rather be.
In 2010, Kate “Ringleader” Imp thru-hiked the A.T. with her brother Brandon “Monkey” Imp and best friend Emily “Lightning” Ginger. Together the members of the “Traveling Circus” captured the peaks and valleys of trail life in a documentary called Beauty Beneath the Dirt. You can check out the film (as well as their blog) here.
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