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Saturday, April 18

Arrived today at the end of a 27-mile hike starting early this morning.

Sunday, April 19

Staying tonight with Chris's aunt and uncle, about 2-1/2 hours out of Damascus. Here are some highlights from an e-mail we received from Uncle Bert, with the subject line "Wow! Talk about appetites!":

  • "FOOD was a primary crowd pleaser. Their eyes were like children's at Christmas when they saw fresh fruit, meat, and real vegetables. Everyone had lost between 10 and 15 pounds, and gained at least several back before leaving."
  • "Chris and Karl treated us to some harmony and did a couple of loads of laundry. Everyone wrote postcards and called home."
  • "We had several discussions of both spiritual and very human topics. We went from God's glory to natural toilet paper."

Setting out again tomorrow after a stop at the post office to pick up mail and supplies. A friend of Chris is joining the hike for about a month starting tomorrow.

Here are some pictures from the past week.

Baking brownies over an open fire (4/14)

A fellow traveler (4/16)

Bridge out; Tucker fording the Laurel River (4/16)

Self-portrait at Watauga Dam (4/17)

At the Tennessee-Virginia border at the end of a 26.5 mile day (4/18)

Chris's Uncle Bert prepares pork steaks for Karl, Chris, Gus, and Brad -- with talking, card playing, and karaoke singing to follow (4/19)

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