ROCKS, PAPER, SCISSORS, ROCKS

Things are moving fast and furious at this point and I'm doing all I can to keep up remembering all the places, dates and times. Around mid-June my dad came out to walk with me for two weeks! I was able to take a little side trip to Washington, D.C. because I was a few days early meeting him there. Sara was so gracious in letting me crash at her place and I had a blast touring the city and going to a Nationals game! It's a very strange feeling to be around so many people again and thrown back into society. It really makes me wonder what will be in store for me after this trip ends. Still a long way to go though and many more miles to cover. My dad and I were able to get through West Virginia, Maryland and most of Pennsylvania together which was a huge morale booster. Pennsylvania was a very difficult state and is notorious for mentally wearing down AT thru-hikers because of all the rocks. It's especially draining to walk over miles and miles of rocks all day in constant fear of twisting an ankle or falling and at this point a broken leg would mean the end of the road for one of us. I was very lucky to have my dad there for most of it. On his first day out we put in 18 miles and he followed that up with a 19 and 20 later in the trip. A lot of high mileage days kept me on track and we only took one side trip to Urgent Care! (the PA rocks one round against my dad but he won the war)

I'd been looking forward to my sister and dad coming out to meet me it's a little surreal that they have both come and gone. All that's left is eyes straight ahead to Katahdin now (and the White's of course)! The states and going to start coming fast and furious, spending only a few days in each.

Until next time,

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