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Melanie McManus
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I'm a writer who loves to travel and run, sometimes at the same time. And I'm passionate about Spain's Vía de la Plata Camino to Santiago.
I'm a writer who loves to travel and run, sometimes at the same time. And I'm passionate about Spain's Vía de la Plata Camino to Santiago.

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Day 8: Burma Road to St. Ignace
June 3, 2017 Ed's foot was a tiny bit better today, but still nowhere near hike-worthy. I headed southwest on Burma Road, walking the first stretch. I was clad head-to-toe in my bug suit. Last night I kept waking up and feeling like I had a tick on me, so I...

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Day 7: Pine River Campground to Burma Road
June 2, 2017 This morning Ed's feet were still a mess. So he decided I should hike our planned route and he'd crew me. He also decided that since we didn't need to drop cars, I should hike as originally
intended: eastbound. To speed things up, I ditched my ...

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Day 7: Pine River Campground to Naomikong Overlook
June 1, 2017 Today started out great. The morning was cool and sunny. Ed and I headed north along the trail, and we were an hour or two in when we met Bill Courtois, a trail angel who was freshening up blazes. We chatted for a while, then pushed on. After m...

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Day 6: Naomikong Overlook to Taquamenon Lower Falls
May 31, 2017  It wasn't fun to learn that rain was forecast for the morning after yesterday's misadventures. But you can't expect sunny days every day.  We began hiking west from Naomikong Overlook on Lake Superior's Taquamenon Bay. It was raining. The path...

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Day 5: Taquamenon Lower Falls to Culhane Lake
May 30, 2017 Our errors and mishaps are starting to be funny. Today we had roughly 20 miles to hike from Taquamenon State Park's lower falls to Culhane Lake, where we started yesterday. We got to the state park and I immediately noticed the maps in their ki...

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Day 5: Taquamenon Lower Falls to Culhane Lake
May 30, 2017 Our errors and mishaps are starting to be funny. Today we had roughly 20 miles to hike from Taquamenon State Park's lower falls to Culhane Lake, where we started yesterday. We got to the state park and I immediately noticed the maps in their ki...

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Day 4: Culhane Lake Campground to Muskellonge Lake State Park
May 29, 2017 Oy, the things that can turn you around! So today was a
short, 20-mile jaunt from the Two-Hearted River area back west to Muskellonge
Lake State Park. I'd given Ed directions for the spot to drop off our car, then began working on my laptop. Ag...

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Day 3:
May 28, 2017 Because we lost our shuttle at the last minute, we
realized it would be most efficient to keep hiking westbound. Sort of
backwards. We'd drop one car at the western end of our hike, then drive to the
eastern end and hike back to the one car. Th...

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Day 2: Grand Marais to Coves Campsites
May 27, 2017 Ideally, to an orderly, logical person like me, we'd
section-hike the NCT in some sequence. (Although section-hiking means you can hike
sections of the trail in any order.) But that's not what's happening here, due to a variety of factors.  Wha...

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Day 1: East of Grand Marais to Grand Marais
May 26, 2017 And so our section-hike of the North Country Trail
begins! Ed and I drove up to Grand Marais today in two cars, so
we could shuttle ourselves on/off the trail. There are some trail angels up
here, and a shuttle service, but the U.P. is a large ...
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