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    Hard to the Core

    Overdrive and I say our goodbyes to Peach, and promise to catch up with her when we return from Bob Peoples’ trail maintenance project called Hard Core. We urge her to come along, but she fears the work will expose her to a potential injury that may prevent her from completing her thru-hike. I understand and part of me is apprehensive as well, but I can’t resist a chance to be a part of repairing and building new trails on the AT. Plus, they’re looking for volunteer hikers, not experienced workers. How Hard Core can it be – right? On Friday morning Overdrive and I signed up at the Appalachian…

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    The Moving Village

    “Derick, did you get a trail name?” asks Soho as she breaks down her tent.  A meeting of the minds was held yesterday evening and a few trail names were assigned. Nora is now Doc, her brother is Three Week, Kevin is still Kevin and I’m… “Well, Mr Fabulous is what Overdrive came up with. It sounds fitting, no?” I jest, deciding that if I’m going to stick with such a name, I should have fun with it.  In response, Soho gives a cute giggle and then says, “I like it.”  Well, if a pretty German girl likes my new hiker handle, then you’re darn tootin I’m keeping it.  I…