Saturday August 26, 2017
US 220 Daleville, VA 18.5 miles
Total mileage 1461.7
THE OLD GUY and I arrive at the shelter last night and we are the only ones there. We decide to sleep in the shelter since it is just the two of us. There is not a bear pole or box and there doesn’t look to be any good trees to hang our food in so we just decide to keep our food inside the shelter with us. Things were fine, no bears or mice bothered us.
We were up and out by 6:20. We covered the 18.5 miles by 3pm. There was a Howard Johnson just a 100 yards from where the trail crossed US 220 and that is where we are staying tonight. My room has a king size bed and a bath tub. Oh what bliss this is. I take a shower then soak in the tub for a while. I was hoping the soak would make my feet all better but that was not the case. They still hurt.
We had some more amazing views again today. The temperature was really good. It was nice and cool when we started and we had cloud cover for most of the day. I have noticed that the leaves are starting to fall. It looks like we may have an early fall.
We do run into a few hikers today. Yesterday we didn’t see any hikers.
The water sources along the trail are really starting to dry up so I really have to make sure I plan ahead. Water is heavy and I hate to carry it but I also have to have it. CHOCOHOLIC is about a week ahead of me on the trail and she has been great about posting up dates on water availability. Thanks CHOCOHOLIC! ☺️
Today I am thankful for the Guthooks app that gives me all kinds of trail information and hikers can post updates on it as well. This is where I have been getting my water updates.