Monthly Archives: June 2019

Zoom I go

Early morning panoramic view
Good morning sun!
Hi there. Here I am about 60 days into the hike.
A view through a gap in the rocks to the clouds and trees below
An open section without trees that let you see the valley below
I liked how the sun and shade feel on the hills in the distance
Not exactly a free tunnel but more like a green corridor. Everything just grows and grows
My hiking poles at a water stop. I think of them as my hiking canes!
Bilbo, who hiked with me on the PCT, helped me resupply today in Front Royal. It was so nice to see my hiker friend who understands exactly what I’m going through. His familiarity with this section of the AT really helped me plan getting to my cousin Art next week and his brother Dave two weeks later. Thank you so much
Tonight’s Shelter is the most extravagant shelter I’ve been to. It has a porch, chairs, a pavilion, a solar shower, along with the normal privy and nearby spring

Ouch!

Ignore the adhesive tape on the big toe it is to stop the nail from cutting into my sock. The big toe is fine. This morning I caught my foot in a root. Not just any root but one that bent my little toe out. It hurt like heck! Yesterday the nail on my little toe bumped against the inside of my shoe and made it very sore. Then today I jammed it on the root. This was early in the morning. However I had to get my miles done so I hiked 10 more miles this way. By the end every step was painful. Going up was not awful because my foot slid back toward the heel. But going down was bad. Each step I had to use my poles to break my forward momentum as my foot slid forward and applied pressure to that little ol’ pinkie. OUCH! This is the first time on trail that I took medicine (some Advil) to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling. Do you think I’ll lose the toe nail? I do and that’ll make number 3.

800 miles

I only post when I get cell service. It’s been sporadic at best.

Going into Glasgow VA and had to cross this pedestrian bridge and take a shuttle from the trailhead
Woohoo! Past 800 miles.
Can you tell I like bridges. Must be why I’m an engineer. This is a suspension one.
New fallen tree totally across the trail. Had to crawl through the branches.
Lots of hiking through the clouds with the recent rains
Has been raining for three days and is planned to rain for at least three more. Remember: “No pain, no rain, no Maine”

Ten by ten

A couple of days ago I finally did 10 miles by 10 o’clock AKA “Ten by ten”. Whether it was my prowess, the weather, the trail, I’ll take it!

Just outside of Daleville I came across this “sign”. Yup, I’ve complete 1/3 of the Appalachian Trail.
Early morning from up high. Almost all the time I’m in the “shaded green tunnel” so when I pop out and have a view I can’t help myself and have to take a picture.
I found this AT thru-hiker on the trail and could resist taking his picture. Now I can honestly say that I’m not the slowest hiker on the trail!
Wow, another view of valleys and thousands of green trees. Again I must have broken through the tunnel and got a glimpse of the bigger world around me
So I’m standing on the trail looking down and all I see is a sea of green leaves. Somehow that struck my fancy and so I took this picture of it. Why you ask? I have no idea.
At the top of today’s climb I expected to be in a forest or maybe even a meadow. I didn’t expect to see this “installation”
Hmmm, should I go under this? Sure, what the heck hundred or thousands of other hikers have chanced it. Would you? By the way, a hiker was climbing up as I took this picture to sit/stand on this precarious boulder