Woke up and got screwed out of a second night at the hotel due to the ignorance of the employees. We went down to the Walmart and got food and I got a cheapo mp3 player with an FM radio to listen to while hiking. Walked back to meet up with Jolly, Clark, SparkleFeet and Gary then headed down to the graveyard near the trail with two cases of Busch. On the way there a stray cat started following us and when we setup it hung out and got all the attention. Through conversation Clark and Jolly revealed that their family is big into cuben fiber for sail making so more sources and contacts! Chilled out and talked for hours then crashed.
5/31/2014 20.5 Miles
Woke up and got packed then headed out and did a 20 to the Captains passing over the New River and near a cigarette butt factory and land fill :(. but then ziplined across a creek to the Captain's and he had a huge party going on with live music and lots of free grilled food burgers, hotdogs, baked potatoes, fish, all kinda of yummy. Had a blast and then tented in the yard.
6/1/2014 11.5 Miles
Woke up and packed up hung out and charged devices then ziplined back to the trail at noon. At warknob shelter for the night with tomahawk,doctor,Hemingway and others.
6/2/2014 9.1 Miles
Slept in because doctor and tomahawk had food poisoning from some bad summer sausage. Took it slow looking out for them and camped after a stream. Hopefully no rain.
6/3/2014 19.2 Miles
Got up early and rolled out because I thought it was gonna rain. Got over some gorgeous open ridges and to a stream and campsite while a family was picnicking and got offered food! Hiked on to the next shelter for the night.
6/4/2014 6.7 Miles
Got up and kept going past Dragons Tooth in heavy rain. Got to four pines hostel and went to a gas station to resupply. Drunk couple tried to cause problems but there were too many of us "damn hippies" for it to matter and they left early the next morning.
Slackpacked to Daleville over McAfee Knob and got to the hojo and Mexican.
6/6/2014 0 Miles
6/7/2014 0 Miles
6/8/2014 5 Miles
Left town to the first shelter
6/9/2014 13.5 Miles
Got up and hiked out of the shelter took some long breaks and hit the BRP a few times. Took a group nap under a big tree on the BRP. May be aqua blazing tomorrow.
6/10/2014 3.1 Miles ( to the River then 22 miles on the James River)
Hiked a few miles to the road and got a ride from 2Shanes friend to Buchanan and ate Burger king and rented canoes. We started on the Rover over some fun rapids and to a sweet rope swing tree. Floated all say and camped near Glasgow.
6/11/2014 2 Miles (5 aqua mile)
Packed everything back into the boats and did some bigger rapids. Got to the footbridge and gave the boats back then chiles in the parking lot to dry out and on to the shelter with the group.
6/12/2014 20.1 Miles
Got up and hiked out through the rain. Stopped at a shelter to eat and played picture caption. Hiked hard to the road and got a ride into Buena Vista and got a room at the budget inn with the Doctor, Tomahawk, and Nuts On. Got Mexican and a free 6 pack of cider from the hiker box.
6/13/2014 14 Miles
Hitched out of town after chores then, hiked aa few Milwaukee then had to go to a water source .4 off trail. At a shelter for the night.
6/14/2014 22.1 Miles
Got up late and let everyone get ahead then started hiking past some fancy views. Did part of the Mau Har trail and more trail miles until reeds gap. Got a ride to the Devils Backbone Brewery from a guy named Glenn who also offered us and our friends a place to stay and showers. After we finished at the brewery Glenn came and picked us up and took us to the property he kept up for his boss. We stayed in an old slave quarters from the late 1700s that had been renovated but still had the original beams. 7 people in and all had a bed! He also left and came back with a gallon of peach moonshine for us for free!
6/15/2014 0 Miles
Zeroed at Glenn's. Went to the store and bought steaks, chicken, and hotdogs to grill up. Hung out all day and rested
6/16/2014 14.1 Miles
Got up and made breakfast. Didn't leave til mid day but did some good miles to a shelter and there were some 30 young girls with a girls camp/church thing. Doctor killed and cooked a rattlesnake a girl almost stepped on.
6/17/2014 12.7 Miles
Woke up and rolled out after everyone left. Did some quick miles to Waynesboro and got some food and then killed a Chinese buffet. Then hiked 7 more to the first shelter in the Shenandoahs. Lots of spiders!
6/18/2014 26.2 Miles
Got up and made coffee then straight into the summer heat and did big miles in crocs today due toto my shoes tearing my heals up! Had some weird knee lock up issues but seemed to fade away. Hiekd on Skyline drive for a while. At pinefield shelter and there are two deer wandering around that don't care. Saw a bear earlier in the day!
Woke up and headed out with everyone then road walked to Lewis campstore and chilled through a big but quick thunderstorm. Ate a samich and calzone. Then hiked into the next shelter (bearforce) and our friends showed up. lots of deer around. Rained all night
6/20/2014 12.1 Miles
Did some easy miles and got some trail magic powerade. Then to the wayside and ate lunch and got beer. then went on to do laundry and showered. Hiked to the next shelter for a short day.
6/21/2014 14.1 Miles
Did some easy miles to Skyland and got an expensive lunch and kept on trucking into the pouring rain. Got to Thornton gap and hitched into Luray,VA to dry off. Got a room at the budget inn and went to dinner and a movie and saw A million ways to die in the west in a tiny little 45 chair theater.
6/22/2014 14.3 Miles
Walked the road out of Luray then got a ride from a triathlete. Road walked to try to catch up with our friends. Didn't run into them until late day and got to a shelter and found a decent book finally
6/23/2014 18.6 Miles
Got up and moving after a slow morning. Blasted through 13 miles in crocs to town (oww!) Went and picked up our shoes from the quality inn. Resupplied then went to mcdonalds and then back to the trail for some miles to the fancy Denton shelter.
6/24/2014 18.4 Miles
Plowed though some easy miles to Rod hollow shlelter.
6/25/2014 17.9 Miles
Got up to tackle the infamous Roller Coaster and did exactly that. Wasn't too bad and it was nice going up and down again reminded me of little GA. I saw my first 500lb+ bear up close. It was only 15ft away and I tried claking my poles together and it didn't care then o yelled at it as loud as I could and it scampered up the ridge. That with get your blood moving! Got to the Blackburn AT Center and kicked it there for the night. Free soda and Brownies from the caretaker.
6/26/2014 12.5 Miles
Woke up and flew to Harper's Ferry. Went to the ATC and we're number 843&844. Chilled at the Potomac pub to catch the end of the Germany vs. USA game. Then to Private Quinn's pub for brews. Got picked up by Eskimos family and stayed at their house. Swam in the pool and ate some delicious food burgers and brats.
Going back to hike again tomorrow.