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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!  😎 

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.  😦  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.

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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.

We stayed in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a night after arriving at Newfound Gap which is half-way of GSMNPS (Great Smoky Mountain National Park Services).  I am sorry that with limited internet access and pager’s power/signal, I am not able to share stories with you all for past few days. One thing I can share with you right now is that we saw a black bear hanging out on the tree yesterday. It was awesome view! It was captured via videos and photos. Hope it can be posted in a few weeks. We are going to hike to Davenport Gap then onward to Hartford, Tennessee for 3 – 5 days. Until next time, folks!

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Map of entire Appalachian Trail - 2,179 miles/3,507 km - through 14 states - Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine

Map of entire Appalachian Trail - 2,179 miles/3,507 km

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