Anyone who has taken part in a long distance sport event; marathon, triathalon; knows of "hitting the wall". Well, I think Mom and I hit our wall coming into Damascus, VA. We have spent a week here at Woodchuck Hostel in Damascus, VA resting and slackpacking and are rejuvinated and motivated to head back out onto the trail on to Harper's Ferry, WV. We have found two new hikers to slackpack with us on up the trail through Virginia. I have thoroughly vetted them and am confident we won't have any issues like we did with the last guy.
This AT hiking thing ain't easy, but if it were we wouldn't be doing it...haha. So onward we trudge!!!!
You know you have been hiking hard when you have worn your SmartWool socks down to their bare threads.
Hendo's socks with white strips along the arches where socks are worn down to the threads
Sun 1 June - Iron Mtn to Hughes Gap-371.2 miles
This area of NC and TN is the center of the christmas tree farm universe. Christmas tree farm on the side of a NC mountain
Sat 31 May - Hughes Gap to Carvers Gap-377.5 miles
Cloudland on top of Roan Mtn
Roan Mtn shelter, highest shelter on the AT
On top of Roan Mtn
Mon 2 June - Carvers Gap to 19 E - 391.8 miles
Scouting out parking areas, found ourself in the middle of a christmas tree farm
Hiking over Jane Bald
The usual not so smooth AT
Overmountain shelter, an old barn
Little Hump Mtn
Commemorative plaque on Hump Mtn
Fence obstacles to keep cattle out
Up and over obstacle
Tues 3 June - 19E to Walnut Mtn Rd - 402.7 miles
Wed 4 June - Zero Day
Thurs 5 June - Walnut Mtn Rd to Dennis Cove Rd - 417.0miles
A memorial bench to Vango, a hostel owner along the AT near ampton, VA
Mom enjoying Vango's bench
Hendo enjoying the bench and view
Small world...we met an old friend and former choir director of Mom's at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church, Terry Cunningham (Midwest Mama). We had a great day hiking with her.
Midwest Mama and Hendo's Mom at Hardcore Cascade.
Fri 6 June - Zero Day
Sat 7 June - Dennis Cove Rd to Wilbur Dam Rd - 429.8 miles
Sign leading up to Pond Mtn...glad I left y hanglider at home!!
Hendo soaking her feet in Laurel Fork Creek
Wilbur Dam holds back Watauga Lake, it is an old school earthen da, this is the terraced backside of Wilbur Dam.
Watauga Lake, formed by Wilbur Dam
Huge Beaver hut in Watauga Lake
Sun 8 June - Wilbur Dam Rd to TN 91
Mon 9 June - Zero Day, Woodchuck Hostel, Damascus, VA
Tues 10 June - Zero Day,Woodchuck Hostel, Damascus, VA
Wed 11 June - TN 91 to USFS 69
Thurs 12 June - Zero Day, Woodchuck Hostel, Damascus, VA
Fri 13 June - USFS 69 to Damascus -467.6 miles
We made it to Virginia!!!!
Made it to Damascus, VA
Hendo's Mom, Woodchuck and Hendo