I think they can spell it now April 9, 2013 12:51 PM   Subscribe

Update on this thread: wearyaswater (her trail name is Zag) and Laura (Owl) are doing fine on their thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Yesterday I rode out to Hot Springs, NC to meet Zag and Owl for dinner and a pleasant beverage. This morning we said goodbye as they continue north on the Appalachian Trail. MeFites of Northeast Tennessee and Virginia, I hereby commend them to your care.
posted by workerant to MetaFilter-Related at 12:51 PM (18 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Thanks for letting us know. Good luck wearyaswater and Laura!
posted by zarq at 1:08 PM on April 9, 2013

I've been following zag's blog with interest. Glad they had a nice outing. Good luck Zag and Owl!!
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 1:25 PM on April 9, 2013

Zag once shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

True fack.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 1:36 PM on April 9, 2013 [2 favorites]

I'm less than ten minutes from the trail in Afton, VA. If they need anything, I can help.
posted by 4ster at 1:47 PM on April 9, 2013

She'll be coming within a fair distance of where I am. I peeked at the blog, is there an optimal way to say "Hey send your mail to my PO and I'll deliver it to you?" or something similar?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:54 PM on April 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

FWIW (and it may not be much), I have a friend whose brother works for the USPS along the Trail, and he told me that many hikers visit these rural post offices along the way and pick up provisions they have mailed to themselves and to mail back home things like dirty clothes.
posted by 4ster at 2:02 PM on April 9, 2013

Did you and/or they go IN the hot springs at Hot Springs? Because they are AWESOME.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 2:08 PM on April 9, 2013

They went for a soak yesterday afternoon before I arrived. By the time I got there our priorities were food, beer and bourbon (in that order.)
posted by workerant at 2:25 PM on April 9, 2013

I'm in Williamstown, MA, currently sitting about 3 miles from the Trail. If I'm in town when they arrive, I'm happy to meet them for dinner and a beer or three.
posted by Johnny Assay at 2:33 PM on April 9, 2013

With a bit of advance notice, I can meet them at the trail in Connecticut with dinner & supplies if that's at all needed. What's the best way to communicate that possibility to our hikers?
posted by gauche at 3:12 PM on April 9, 2013

If they make it close to me I promise to be ready with a hose and soapy water before sending them off to pick up their post at Jessamyn's.

I have a friend hiking the AT right now too. If they see a long-haired Filipino guy playing a ukulele, they should say hi. He's half of group Herb & Hanson.
posted by terrapin at 3:21 PM on April 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

I used to live in Hot Springs, right where the AT left town on the East side of the French Broad!
posted by OmieWise at 5:24 AM on April 10, 2013

Jessamyn, if you have Twitter, Zag responded to my @ message to her (@hikerzag) as she was leaving town yesterday. I think if you send it soon, she'll probably get it in time to use the information. :)

I also am really enjoying her adventures. She's a pretty good writer, too.
posted by jillithd at 6:06 AM on April 10, 2013

That is totally cool.
posted by chococat at 8:04 AM on April 10, 2013

I've been enjoying her blog as well. I am excited to see Zag's photos as the seasons change.
posted by cranberrymonger at 9:01 AM on April 10, 2013

I've been following the blog as well and propose she changes her handle to "wearyasswalker".
posted by arcticseal at 8:59 PM on April 10, 2013

Ah! I forgot to tell! As I was unpacking my camping kit from my bike, Zag noticed that I had both a headlamp and a book light. She said, "You really are from Metafilter, aren't you?"
posted by workerant at 9:19 AM on April 11, 2013 [2 favorites]

I've only hiked the AT from NY to Mass - I think this sounds like a dream! My very best to wearyaswater and Laura!!
posted by jbenben at 11:00 PM on April 11, 2013

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