Day 38: Damascus

Hmm, What Do I Need?

I hiked 126.4 miles and climbed about 29,000 feet in the last seven days, averaging just over 18 mpd. I walked into Damascus tired, footsore, dirty, smelly, shaggy, and seriously behind on my calorie count. And yes, Tentman, I could use a frosty cold one.

Damascus is set up to take care of those kinds of problems. I ate, showered, ate more, slept on clean sheets, ate again, did the laundry, got a haircut, took Gus to the dog park for some fetch, and ate more. Then I lounged around with Northstar all afternoon. And then we ate dinner. But the Dollar General is still open…

Lesson Learned

One word of advice: small town barbershops in the south may not be best place for a Phoenix boy to get a haircut. Fortunately, I brought my favorite Alaska ball cap. Expect to see it in photos for a few weeks.

Batter Up!

Tomorrow I’ll start on Virginia’s 541.7 miles of trail. That’s 71 more miles than I’ve done so far, and about 25% of the entire AT. I’m guessing Virginia will take me five weeks, Lord willing, two more pairs of shoes, and a few more audiobooks.

Daily Stats:

  • Start: Damascus (Mile 470.7)
  • End: Damascus (Mile 470.7)
  • Weather: A nice day to hike, and a nicer one not to.
  • Earworm: Earworms don’t visit on zero days.
  • Meditation: Rom 11:33
  • Plant of the Day: The pricker bush Gus covered on his morning walk. LOL.
  • Best Thing: Hamburgers. Plural.
  • Worst Thing: Northstar accidentally tossing out my leftover pizza.

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Comments 3

  • thetentman : May 18th

    Rest and beer.


    Thx for the post.

  • Charlotte : May 18th

    Your posts are the best! I loved your “Tennessee” segment the best, especially the different proofs-and your Yogi story too!

    Enjoy your Damascus time with Northstar, Gus, et al…
    I’m wondering what my journey will be like next year. 🤔

    • Jon : May 19th

      Thanks! I’m learning that my journeys are what I make them. I sure yours will be great!


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