Virginia is rocky at times That's where I started that morning I guess a better question is could I have continued? I probably could have but for how long? Other things besides my feet were also flowing through my thoughts. I had lost 30 lbs. I didn't feel bad but others had noticed and had … Continue reading Why am I off the Trail and What’s the Plan Now?
The decision had been made to return home, recover and take care of some scheduled dental work as well as process what I had experienced. That will be in my next post. Harpers Ferry lay ahead and I was excited to reach this historic town. It also is home to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. I … Continue reading 50 miles to Harpers ferry
Big Meadows to Skyland Resort and then Luray Va. 8 miles. This was another disappointing change of plans that in the end made sense. I ha d been told to take only 2 or3 days food into Shenandoah. The idea being that there were restaurants along the way to supplement and resupply opportunities at the … Continue reading Shenandoah finish plus a fork in the road
Part 1 First of all I'd like to say Waynesboro is a great town. Food, history, and friendly to hikers. Had a great time! Ming's Chinese Buffet did not disappoint. Leaving Waynesboro you enter the Shenandoah National Park. We got a late start but only had 7.5 miles to Calf Mountain Shelter. The weather was … Continue reading Shenandoah National Park
I need to explain a few things first. I had a lot of wet gear including my sleeping pad and bag from last nights rain. I was anxious to get to the next shelter and hoped the sun would shine to help dry things out. When wet a down bag has no insulation value and … Continue reading Trail Magic or coincidence?
Part 1 This may have been a turning point or it may be a combination of a better fitting pack, trail legs, and sections of trail which I didn't have to worry as much about my foot. There still were climbs but they seemed more manageable. In between were sections I just picked up my … Continue reading Better Week,Beautiful Views, and Rain
The trail has a learning curve that is even steeper than its hills. This was a hard week in many ways. My pack wasn't wasn't fitting correctly. Others noticed it and I felt it. I spent another zero in Daleville with No Collar adjusted the whole pack and improved it immensely. The next day I … Continue reading Gains and Pains