FKT: Ray ""Geared Up"" Reynoso - Great Allegheny Passage (GAP, MD/PA) - 2020-07-25

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4d 3h 10m 0s

I've been out here all summer doing laps up and down the Great Allegheny Passage.  Training for future hikes. As those seemed less and less likely to happen this year, I focused on the path in front of me. I currently hold the record for it and thought, I can improve on that. To add some spice to it, let's do it unsupported this round. So it begins. I was worried about the temperature as the days leading up to the start were 97 plus degrees. Start day a weather system came in and it brought thunderstorms for the next 3 days. This was very welcome. It kept me cool, provided me with a shower on the go everyday, and help keep the bugs down. Day 1 530am start. was my strongest day. Everything was smooth and on track. 3 miles short of my goal. Camped outside Garret. Day 2 I could feel the caloric hit already. There was more and longer breaks. Usefully for drying my feet and gear out but chewing into how many hours I had to go. Stopped 8 miles short, in my mind I would make them up the next day. Camped outside Ohiopyle. Day 3. I overslept by 4 hours. A very noticeable lower energy level, but still strong mentally. As the day went on I developed a blister on my left foot and an overuse injury in my left quad. My mileage suffered as a result.  Camped outside Whitsett. Day 4 To try and make up time was an early hours start. Still wet from the day before, it was a slog. The sun finally came out and was able to dry all my gear and it was not overly powerful. I felt good and had my music running all day. By 2 pm I had not made my expected mileage and continued to behind. 6pm I had to decide....will I walk all night into Pittsburgh? During the whole summer I learned everything I could about this trip. Walking through this section at night was not advised by several locals. Camped outside Kennywood. Day 5 After making the decision to camp I started crunching numbers, I already knew I was going to reset the record, but would it be possible to do under 100 hours? The answer was yes, but I had to leave early and keep on pace. 3am start time. All pavement, all city. Finally that endgame adrenaline was kicking in. It was a race that 100 hour mark was approaching fast! Finally, I made it to the park and went straight to the point. Just beating it. 99 hours, 10 minutes. Ending at 8:40 am