I’m sitting in the office of the Holiday Motor Lodge in Pearisburg, VA at around 9 AM on Sunday. It’s Mother’s Day. Happy day to all of you to whom it applies!
We got into town about 6:30 PM yesterday after a short (10.4 mile) day on the trail. It was a day full of nice views and a nice bit of “trail magic” offered by a group of teachers, Appalachian Trail Conference folks, one from the National Park Service and a reporter from the Roanoke Times. They were hiking a bit of the trail, developing some course material to incorporate the Trail into their teaching. The reporter interviewed several thru-hikers, including Melissa, for an article that should run in early June. They were well-stocked with extra food, and gave us each bananas, cookies and chips. Hit the spot! They were perched on a ledge with tremendous views. The weather was perfect. They may have gotten a rather pleasantly-slanted view of the trail experience, with most of the hikers coming freshly from a nearby hostel; well fed, clean, and all smiles – it ain’t always that way!
Today, we plan to do a bit of shopping, and leave town around 11 or so, to hike about 12 miles to a campsite. After a night tenting at the hostel, a night in a good motel room, and lots of good food, we don’t want to spoil ourselves. It becomes tough to leave town if one stays too long!
We’ve covered about 626 miles of the trail now – just 1555 more to go (a big chunk of that still being in Virginia). Until next time… Mike