Hi. Sorry updates have been slow. There is absolutely no service up here and even in some towns it is sketchy. I am now at the northern part of VA. It took 22 days to get through Virginia. From Mile marker 465 to 1017, from the Blue Ridge Mountains through the Shenandoah.
I will attempt the 4 state challenge very soon. That is VA, WV, MD and PA – 50 miles in 4 days. I heard the weather is supposed to be terrible, a lot of rain, flash floods, high wind. It will be a challenge for sure.
Aaron heads back on Saturday, gets picked up in Harpers Ferry. I will miss having him here!!!! Hopefully he will change his mind…
So Virginia has been awesome, incredible views. When we had to hitch into town, a lot of times we were in the back of pickup trucks (one with a recently killed deer that was still warm and bleeding). We got a lift in a porche and from a very nice lady in her “dirty” truck which was a brand new Land Rover, not soo dirty. Mrs. Jane was super nice and said she knew James Franco (my trail name is Franco).
We passed the 1/4 way and 1/2 way mark and signed in.
At one point we needed to re-stock and looked at a map and it showed that if we hiked down the hill (no path) the town was probably 3 miles. So we hiked through some thick underbrush and ended up at an Amish farm. The kids that were playing outside were kinda freaked out when we came walking out of the woods. Kinda freaked out is an understatement!!! The mom and dad were nice and the dad actually got us a ride from a friend into town (the dead deer ride).
Mom and Jake came to see us Wednesday night on their way back from Nashville. Jake sang at the Grande Ole Opry with 29 other adults with Williams Syndrome. She brought duct tape needed for the holes in my shoes and lots of chips.
Aaron and I both have lost about 10 pounds. I may go home for a few days to rest and eat. Apparently I need to paint over the walls in my dorm room from last semester so I will do that now too.
Staying in hostiles is pretty interesting. A few times we got a hotel room with other hikers. Air conditioning, a pool, warm shower is well worth the $10 each.
Enjoy the pics from VA. In no order really. Some may be more recent to older. When you see the rocks stacked up, hikers do that so other hikers know where to cross and pick up the trail on the other side. Kinda cool.
We will really miss Virginia.
1/4 way mark at Little Bushy (Gullion) Mountain. 6/11
Maybe deer should be a little more fearful of humans… Not our favorite ride into town
We hikers flash the town below.
At a hostile
Slacking to kill time…
Look closely at the tree, the blac on each side just above half way on the pic is a bear. Her cubs were kinda close so she is watching us VERY CAREFULLY. Yeah, we ran.
Deer here are NOT afraid of humans.
At Big Meadows Lodge, Skyline Drive June 24
Infection is healing, looking better than it did.
The Official sign in at the halfway mark
Drawings at a hostile