23 miles today landed me at Allbington Gap Shelter. Only 4 here, which is good because the roof leaks. Bugger, Dutchman, and myself.
I was hungrier than usual so, I ate twice this evening. As I pulled into the shelter there was some lightening and thunder getting pretty close, but I still needed water.An unfortunately big and steep trail led down to the spring. And the clouds producing the lightening opened up causing the stream to flow with mud. I'm still picking dirt from my teeth, and if the amount in the bottom of my platypus is anything to go by, It will be for a few days.
I woke up this morning to Boulder telling us to look at the view behind the shelter, expecting a cool sunrise I was shocked to see the giant cloud that we were stationed on top of with a perfect vantage point. She was also laughing in her sleep last night. Not to be outdone, she pushed on the full 32 miles today to get into Damascus. Impressive.
I have this plan to cover all 540 miles of trail through Virginia (which starts tomorrow) in only 23 days. I think that I can do it. It really seems O.K. given the terrain, and aside from the few short 9 mile days it averages somewhere around 27 miles per day with the longest being a 30. We'll see how it goes.
I saw my first guy with a gun today. Not hurting or anything, he just felt that he NEEDED bear protection. Pussy.