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13-May-2010 – I bought this pop from Damascus General Store (in Virginia) which was imported from Germany. I tried it and it tasted good. Toast to my dear German buddies as usual! ūüėé

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After taking a zero day in Damascus, VA yesterday, we are going to go back on the trail today to hike up to Troutdale and beyond in Virginia.  We will be in VA for a long time….around 500 miles to hike in the state of VA.  Wowow!  We reached a milestone of hiking over 450 miles already!  Hot damn!  We still do not have any luck with getting an Internet access on our zero day yesterday.  I am in much better shape after taking a long bubble bath and total body massage here in Damascus.  We stayed at Hikers Inn.  It was a blissful place to veg out!  The owner, Suzanne, and her devoted dog, Libby, were sweet to us!  She even made an arrangement for me to get my massage session.  Highly recommendation to stay at her place if you are in Damascus.  There is Virginia Creeper Trail to hike or bike – really great place to explore and meander through the nature.  Time to get a good use of my hiker’s legs and lungs once again!    Until next time, folks!

AT chores eat up my time – not much time for my personal time….re-organizing, re-supplying, and re-packing my stuff before hitting the trail.¬† We climbed Roan and Hump Mountains for past couple of days.¬† It was a good climbing despite my slowly recovery from a bout of respiratory infection.¬† We are going back on the trail today to hike toward Damascus, VA.¬† We anticipate¬†that we will arrive this Friday night or Saturday.¬† We plan to have a ZERO day there.¬† If you live nearby and are available to meet us this Saturday in Damascus, VA, please do use “Contact Us” right away.¬† I may be able to check Internet tomorrow only.¬† Take care, y’all!

We got a¬†lift from a wonderful couple – Angela and Lamarr¬†E. – from Damascus, VA to Hartford, TN….right back to where we left off before going to Damascus for Trail Days.¬† It was a trail magic….and they were our trail angels!¬† It wasn’t easy to find a ride especially when we are Deaf.¬† Besides that, we enjoyed meeting people and events at Trail Days.¬†¬†I bought underquilt from Jacks¬†R Better¬†vendor….I finally was able to sleep comfortably in hammock without getting cold and hardly wink at nights!¬† It added 14 oz to¬†my backpack.¬† My hip¬†and feet¬†were complaining while I was hiking from Hartford, TN to Hot Springs, NC, so I have to re-evalute¬†my backpack.¬†¬† However, taking zero days for a week was not a GOOD IDEA!!!!¬† I missed trail so much….and it was harder to go back on the trail and deal with pain all over again.¬† Please shoot me…well, better yet, slap me in¬† my face¬†if I ever pull that stunt again!¬† ūüė鬆

Anyhow, we are in Hot Spring after hiking ~15 miles a day….will rest a bit here for today, then go back on the trail tomorrow for a week hiking to Erwin, TN.¬† As usual, Internet access is limited here.¬† Stories have to wait.¬† ūüė¶¬† One thing – Roger had another accident on his same hand (between ring and pinky fingers on webbed part)¬†this last Sunday, but at this time, we didn’t have to go to the hospital.¬† LOL¬† The accident was not related to hiking.¬† He is fine and uses his hand ok.¬†

Take care y’all and please keep the messages on this blog coming.¬† BTW, for people who¬†do not know sign language and Deaf-Blind fellows, my apologies in advance that¬†the vlogs¬†from youtube.com¬†are not currently¬†subtitled in English due to time constraint.¬† We plan to add¬†subtitles after AT, so everyone can¬†enjoy watching the vlogs.

Adventurous Cane, Golden Ray and I decided to leapfrog from Hartford, Tennessee to Hot Springs, North Carolina then finally in¬†Damascus, Virginia – “The Friendliest Town On the Appalachian Trail” – to attend Trail Days (www.traildays.us) for next few days.

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