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Riding the Creeper, Abingdon to Damascus and Back…

May 22-23, 2021 Abingdon is a small, historic town tucked in the Blue Ridge mountains of southwest VA and a favorite destination of many. A two hour drive separates us from this charming town with a handful of trendy eats, … Continue reading

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Sleeping Below the Bald-Backpack 85

Hello from my long neglected blog. With Covid lockdown and lack of activities, I had little motivation to write. But things are opening up in the US and the Smith-Dunlap household is stirring so it’s time to shake the off … Continue reading

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GVRAT

I am not sure I was thinking clearly back on May 3rd when I first stumbled on the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee (GVRAT). I was wrapped up the Covid crisis and certainly not thinking long term. It seemed to … Continue reading

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Sheltering in Place

It has been a while since I last posted. Covid-19 has settled in to our country and like others we are “safer at home” or were until our mayor updated our status to “shelter in place.” It has been a … Continue reading

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A Smackdown Storm

A freight train blew through our neighborhood early this morning in the form of a hard hitting, smackdown storm. John and I were jarred awake as intense light flashed through the windows followed by a deafening clap of thunder. Then … Continue reading

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The Cleveland Way, Day 10, Scarborough to Filey

Planned mileage: 12.0Actual mileage: 10.5 Accomodations: Abbots LeighRating: Good Dear Leslie and Mike, Another mini update tonight.  WE ARE DONE! We have mixed emotions about being done, we have immensely enjoyed the scenery and each other’s company.  Being out everyday … Continue reading

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The Cleveland Way, Day 9, Robin Hood's Bay to Scarborough

Actual Hike: We took the bus to Scarborough and walked back toward Robin Hood’s BayExpected Mileage: 14.0Actual Mileage: 10.0 Worst Part of the Day: Wishing we had hiked instead of taken the busBest Part of the Day: Taking the bus … Continue reading

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The Cleveland Way, Day 8, Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay

Expected Mileage: 6.0Actual Mileage: 7.75 from B&B to B&B Accommodations: The VillaRating: Very Nice!Date: Monday, May 14, 2018 Hi Leslie and Mike, We have have finished our day and have settled in Robin Hood’s Bay though we are still waiting … Continue reading

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The Cleveland Way, Day 7, Staithes to Whitby

Expected Mileage: 11.0Actual Mileage: 12.5 Accommodations: No.7 Guest HouseRating: Very Good, location is excellentDate: Sunday, May 13, 2018 Hello Mike and Leslie, Today is Day 7.  I think I was confused yesterday and we don’t want to repeat days (apparently … Continue reading

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The Cleveland Way, Day 6, Saltburn-by-the Sea to Staithes

Expected Mileage: 9.0 Actual Mileage: 10.0Best Part of the Day: This was the most beautiful hiking day so far.Worst Part of the Day: The difficulties I continued to have with feet and as of this day, blisters around ankles.Bonus: An … Continue reading

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