Sunday August 27, 2017
VA 311 19.8 miles
Total mileage 1481.5
I wake up this morning and my feet feel better. I also took some ibuprofen last night. I hope this is a good sign.
We arranged for a shuttle driver to pick us up at 6 am and we will slackpack today. THE OLD GUY found a number for a shuttle driver in his information book in his room. I call the number and see what he has to offer. The shuttle is reasonable and he doesn’t mind the early hour.
As I was hiking I was listening to AWOL’s account of his 2004 thru hike and in his book he talked about a shuttle driver named HOMER. It turns out that he was our shuttle driver this morning.
HOMER has an interesting story. He wants to hike the AT and he and his wife have already hiked 1400 miles of it already, but he really doesn’t think he should quit his job. His wife encourages him to quit his job and the whole family is going with him. So he, his wife and two kids ages 8 and 11 thru hike the entire AT in 2002. I thought this was an awesome story. He also tells us that he got married on McAfee Knob then backpacked to Tinker Cliffs for their wedding night. They now spend all their wedding anniversaries at Tinker Cliffs. This is the area we passed today and the views were amazing. I can see why they come here!
THE OLD GUY and I make it to McAfee Knob, the most photoed place on the AT early this morning and it is a total whiteout. We still take pictures of each other out on the ledge.
We started our climb in the dark with light sprinkles this morning at 6:30 am and on our way up about 15 day hikers pass us on their way back down! 🤥 My guess is they went up to see sunrise, but there was nothing to see. This ledge is where HOMER and his wife THERESA got married.
Later on the fog lifted and the sun came out and we had the best views from Tinker Cliffs. This was the best view we have seen in Virginia. The trail just walks along a ledge with huge drops offs and amazing views.
We eat lunch at one of the ledges and just enjoy the spectacular views.
We finish the day and arrive back at our hotel room at 4 pm. I shower then soak in the tub again. Hopefully tomorrow morning my feet will feel good again.
I am thankful for the opportunity to be on this epic journey.