Tuesday August 22, 2017
US 60 Buena Vista, VA 16.7 miles
Total mileage 1383.1
My campsite last night was amazing. I camped at almost 3800 feet and it cooled off a bit earlier than normal at that elevation. I woke up to the sound of wind in the trees. It was really breezy at 4 am when I needed to pee. I couldn’t get back to sleep so I started to pack up a little after 5 and hiked the first half hour in the dark. It was supposed to be in the 90’s today so I was trying to beat some of the heat.
I saw one north bound flip flopper about to finish his hike in Harper’s Ferry. We talked a short moment about what we could expect trail wise going forward. I congratulated him on his almost completion of his thru-hike and moved on.
The trail wasn’t too strenuous, but the heat made things feel that way at times. There were some balds with no shade that really get to you.
I did have another fall today. I think I just tripped over my feet. I was going down hill on a grassy field. The foot path was narrow and you really couldn’t walk normal. You had to walk with your feet almost in line with each other. Anyways I end up on the ground on my belly with my pack holding me down. It was a struggle to get up with all that weight on my back while I was at a downward angle. I got a tiny little scratch on one of my knees.
I finished my hike at 1 pm. I was being picked up by a shuttle service and taken into town where I will stay at a hostel for the next few nights and do some slackpacking over the next couple of days. I have the whole room to myself tonight. What a treat.
I am thankful that I have remained relatively injury free for most of this hike.