2019 AT – Day Seven – Daleville

Wednesday, 19 June Destination: Daleville, VA 729.7 Today’s Miles: 15.5 Start Location: Campbell Shelter 714.3 Trip Miles: 93.8 Last night was my first night in a shelter since there were thunderstorms in the forecast. A light rain started as I settled into the shelter. As it started to rain hard, a lady thru hiker from Venezuela came into…

2019 AT – Day Six – McAfee Knob

Tuesday, 18 June Destination: Campbell Shelter Today’s Miles: 10.3 Start Location: Four Pines Hostel Trip Miles: 78.4 After Dragons Tooth yesterday, it was McAfee Knob today and Tinker Cliffs tomorrow. These are considered the Virginia Triple Crown . The day was much easier and shorter. I needed a short day after four days over fourteen miles. Leaving Four Pines…

2019 AT – Day Five – Four Pines Hostel

Monday, 17 June Destination: Four Pines Hostel Today’s Miles: 14.4 Start Location: Campsite 689.6 Trip Miles: 68.1 The trail took me to Dragons Tooth today, one of the Virginia Triple Crown on the Appalachian Trail. There were some rocky sections before Dragons Tooth but the decent from there was scary. Rock climbs where your hiking poles were useless. Two…

2019 AT – Day Four – Father’s Day

Sunday, 16 June Destination: Campsite 689.6 Today’s Miles: 14.8 Start Location: Laurel Creek Shelter Trip Miles: 53.7 No one in the shelter last night. Another warm night. Got hiking by 7:00. Only one big climb today, but the trail is nice. I played LeapFrog with a handful of thru hikers all day. They finally passed me up when I…

2019 AT – Day Three – Whitetail Deer

Saturday, 15 June Destination: Laurel Creek Shelter Today’s Miles: 14.6 Start Location: Bailey Gap Shelter Trip Miles: 38.9 It was a little warmer last night. Three people are in the shelter and one more tenting in addition to me. Fortunately, the bear was not back. It was a little warmer last night. Saw about a half dozen hikers…

2019 AT – Day Two – First Bear

Friday, 14 June Destination: Bailey Gap Shelter Today’s Miles: 14.9 Start Location: Campsite 645.3 Trip Miles: 24.3 Got cool last night. Snapped the quilt and was comfortable. Passed about eight hikers going south. Stopped at a shelter for lunch. Two hikers stayed there who hadn’t left yet. A south bound hiker came in to stay for the night. A…

2019 AT – Day One – Back Hiking

Thursday, 13 June Destination: Campsite  645.3 Today’s Miles: 9.4 Start Location: Cross Ave, Pearisburg, VA 635.9 Trip Miles: 9.4 Woke up to a hard rain in Manassas. Stopped by the time we were ready to leave for Pearisburg at seven, a four hour plus drive. Got on the trail just before noon. Dolora dropped me off and headed…

2018 AT – Epilogue

Sunday, 8 July Statistics Total Days – 39 Zero (Non Hiking Days) – 3 Hiking Days – 36 Total Miles – 470.3 (or 193 miles as the crow flies!) Average Miles per Day – 12.1 Average Miles per Hiking Day -13.1 Maximum Miles per Day – 18.4 Minimum Miles per Day – 3.1 Maximum Days…

2018 AT – Day Thirty Nine – Virginia!

Saturday, 7 July Destination: Damascus Today’s Miles: 9.4 Start Location: Abingdon Gap Shelter Trip Miles: 470.3 To add a little excitement to my last night on the trail, I was awoken at one in the morning. There was some noise and a headlamp shining into the shelter. I was expecting it to be a late hiker looking…

2018 AT – Day Thirty Eight – Pretty Good Luck

Friday, 6 July Destination: Abingdon Gap Shelter Today’s Miles: 15.9 Start Location: Iron Mountain Shelter Trip Miles: 461.1 One weather app had 100% chance of rain all day, the other 90%. I was resigned to spending my last full day hiking in the rain. The guy I passed yesterday, Jeb, came in after dinner and…