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first_imgThe Second Best Trail in the Blue Ridge: The Art Loeb Trail is the highlight reel of the Southern Appalachia.Some days, everything seems to go your way. You make every traffic light, your favorite song plays on the radio, and you arrive at a quiet trailhead with no other cars in the parking lot. The sun smiles down on you from bluebird skies, and every step feels effortless.This was not one of those days.I was attempting to run the North Carolina’s Art Loeb Trail, the second-best footpath in the Blue Ridge—only the Appalachian Trail offers more. The Art Loeb is a highlight reel of Southern Appalachia—panoramic balds, pristine headwaters, unspoiled wilderness—packed into 31 scenic miles. I was hoping to run all of it in a single day.The Art Loeb Trail has been featured in every outdoor magazine (including this one), yet few ever tackle it end-to-end. Maybe it’s the name. Art Loeb was an overworked businessman who had a heart attack in his early 40s. He began walking in the woods. Eventually he connected a series of trails across the highest peaks and scenic stretches of Southern Appalachia.Today, the Art Loeb Trail is a mini-A.T., offering all of the high-elevation grandeur without all of the crowds. It is the best of trails; it is the worst of trails. It is butter-smooth singletrack near the Davidson River and a shin-bashing boulderdash through the raw Shining Rock wilderness. It is a thin ribbon of trail between panoramic heaven and laurel hell.A downpour greeted me at the trailhead, located on the northern edge of the Shining Rock Wilderness. I slipped on my hydration pack, stuffed with a few energy bars and gels, and plunged into the deluge. In the first three miles, the trail climbed 3,000 feet through thorn-choked overgrowth. I skidded across rain-slickened rock and face-planted in the mud. Then I reached an unmarked five-way trail junction—and realized my map was still in the car.A pink ribbon marked one of the trail options, so I decided to follow it—back down 3,000 feet to the next valley and several miles off-trail.Backtracking, I finally arrived back at the five-way junction and guessed wrong again. This time, I ended up on the summit of Cold Mountain, made famous by Charles Frazier’s novel. Views from the 6,000-foot peak should have made my sidetrack worthwhile, but the vistas were hidden behind the clouds’ gray gauze.I returned to the junction once more and finally found the main trail, which headed south toward the wilderness namesake. Shining Rock is a glittering quartz cap atop a nearly 6,000-foot ridge. To get there required crawling on all fours, slashing through brambles, and splashing through ankle-deep water for miles.Finally, the wilderness tunnel opened into a panorama of 6,000-foot peaks, including Black Balsam. When I arrived at the summit, gale-force winds nearly blew me off the mountain.I plunged down the flooded trail and arrived at the Blue Ridge Parkway. I checked my watch: I only had four hours left to cover the remaining 19 miles before nightfall, and of course, my headlamp was back in the car with my map.I shivered in the cold rain, watching tourists drive by in their cozy SUVs. This was the only road crossing and my last chance to bail. I reluctantly pressed on.Slick rock and mud underfoot made even the downhill miles slow-going. The rain intensified. “Focus on the positive,” I said out loud. But I could think of only one positive at that moment: I had plenty of water.As I slogged up Pilot Mountain, I tried to think shiny, happy thoughts. I repeated the oft-quoted mantra, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” But today, I needed to just shut up and eat my damn lemons.I recalled reading the make-lemonade quote in a bedtime book to my three-year-old son. “I’m thirsty,” he replied.Remembering this, I accidentally smiled. It spilled into out-loud laughter as I replayed my string of bad decisions and bad luck. Amid the storm, an inverted rainbow had appeared.Let me be clear: I’ve always resented the overly cheery pixies who exhort everyone to SMILE! Phony smilers annoy the hell out of me. This was different. As that surprise smile spread across my face, I felt a wave of ease ripple through my body. My jaw unclenched, my stiff legs loosened, the tightness in my chest lifted, and for the first time all day, I was having fun.It’s easy to be positive and feel good when the sun is shining, but it’s only when things aren’t going your way, when you aren’t in the zone, when nothing is clicking, that your character is put to the test. And isn’t that really what adventure is all about?For the rest of the run, I soaked it all in—literally. My waterlogged shoes were lead weights around my feet, but I plodded the trail without the added heaviness of a bad attitude. Yes, it was raining sideways and numbingly cold, and I had wasted hours wandering lost in the wilderness. But I was alive, grateful to spend even this unlucky day exchanging my breath with the forest.Four hours later, I glided down to the Davidson River trailhead just as darkness was swallowing the twilight forest. I was utterly destroyed—trashed quads, blistered feet, bloody nipples—but not defeated. I looked up into the wet sky and smiled.– Will HarlanEditor in Chieflast_img read more


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first_imgThe Cats are firm favourites to return to the top tier decider after last year’s absence.The Banner haven’t been in a final since 2005’s defeat to the Leinster kingpins. First up, Waterford lock horns with Munster rivals Limerick in their semi-final at 2pm.The Deise men looked like the form team in Division One before defeat to Dublin, whom Limerick beat two weeks ago.Then at 4pm, Kilkenny go head to head with Clare.last_img


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first_imgA LANDLORD has admitted he knew the property he leased to a group of individuals was being used as a brothel.Ionel Iulian Bojoga, with an address at 7 Duffy’s Lane, Letterkenny admitted at the town’s District Court that he knew his premises were being used by prostitutes.The court heard that Gardaí issued with a search warrant, raided the apartment owned by Ionel Iulian Bojogo on June 19 this year. Gardaí discovered females in the rooms and a number of clients were ‘visiting’ the apartment at the time of the raid.A number of items and paraphernalia were seized from the apartment including a substantial amount of money.The court heard how the arrest of Ionel Iulian Bojogo had a devastating impact on him and his family.The defendant’s solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court: “This has had a devastating impact on Mr Bojogo and his family.“He was remanded in custody for six to eight weeks following his arrest and was also directed to reside in Dublin following his release.“He was unable to see his family and it was an extremely difficult time for him and his family.“He realises he shouldn’t have leased the property to the individuals once he discovered what they were using his property for.“I would ask the judge to take into account his early guilty plea, and the fact he has no previous convictions.”In his closing summary Judge Denis McLaughlin said: “I’m taking into account the fact the defendant has already spent between eights weeks in custody, and the fact he’s had no previous convictions and is obviously a man of good character.”Judge Denis McLaighlin sentenced Bojogo to eights months in prison. However he suspended the sentence for a period of two years.The case is one of a number involving landlords which are due to be heard at the local court.LANDLORD CONVICTED OF LETTING OUT APARTMENT TO PROSTITUTES was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convictedlandlordletterkennypropertylast_img read more


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first_imgGardai in Milford are investigating an alleged assault in Drumbern Milford on Monday morning last at approx. 3.30am. The Garda Press Office said that a female in her 40s was assaulted and investigations are ongoing.Local Gardai are processing CCTV footage of the area at the time of the incident. They have appealed to anyone who may have been in the area or might have witnessed suspicious movements around that time are asked to contact the Garda Station at Milford on 91 53060.Garda investigate assault on woman in Milford was last modified: August 2nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultGardaiMilfordwomanlast_img read more