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Bake Oven Knob and the outpour of love yesterday. I spent the morning relaxing in the shade with the most epic view. A view I've seen many times, but never gets old. I make my way down the mountain to a surprise BBQ for thru hikers thrown by the amazing Allentown Hiking Club. Hot dogs, pasta salads, drinks, restock supplies, charging stations, washing stations, doughnuts. The kindest people, doing such an amazing thing. As I'm basking in this glory, who pulls up from driving all the way from Philly and NYC, but my longtime friends Max and Gil. This was incredible! We hiked back up the mountain to watch the sun move across the sky, took in the views we'd shared before, cold drinks, glorious snacks, Allentown Farmers market restock supplies!!, lots of laughs and stories flowing. Well it didn't end there. They then drove me to Allentown, where I went to college years before, to meet two other great friends, Josh and Sid, and the two beautiful girls in their lives, who drove from way out in New Jersey to see me. I spent the evening being treated to drinks and food, at the old bars we used to frequent, with the greatest people, laughing our asses of, and sharing stories of the stupid things we used to do. To top it all off, as I'm in town, two other brothers from my fraternity, who I never met before yesterday, let my smelly dirty self into their house to shower and wash my laundry, without a hesitation. I mean, is this real life, because the entire time I didn't believe it was true. We said our goodbyes late in the night, Sid dropped me back off at the trail, and they all took their long drives home. I found a spot to set my tent, lay down for the evening, and just started laughing. Every time I wake up out here, I know the day ahead might not be easy. Yet this constant flow of love from friends, family, and even strangers, whether it be in person, through text, or just a comment or like on a post, fills me with such joy, and gives me the boost I need to make it that extra mile. Thank you guys for a great day, and thank you to everyone who's supported me on this journey, you've helped make it amazing. Can't believe it's only just begun.