NoBo’s turned SoBo’s…we flipped!
After leaving Blacksburg, Snacks and I made the call just South of Waynesboro, VA to flip up to Maine. I left flip-flopping open as an option before I started my hike and it just made sense to do it.
The weather was beyond hot in Virginia and there was a time crunch to get to Katahdin before October 15 when the mountain gets temporarily closed for weather. Flipping up to Maine gives us better weather and takes the time crunch off.
The name of the gap we jumped off at is Reid’s Gap, putting us at 845 miles completed, before we start hiking back down. Ten minutes from the Reid’s Gap is Devil’s Backbone Brewery’s Base Camp/HQ. We hitched a ride to the brewery, enjoyed a hot meal and free tenting directly on the grounds, which are beautiful-another spot to check out!
This means our hike will end with Shenandoah National Park, which as a Virginia girl, sounds like a great ending.
I had a whirlwind visit with family and friends in Northern Virginia and a day of sightseeing in DC (Snacks had not been to DC before) and then we jumped on the Amtrak from Union Station, DC to Boston and took a bus from Boston to Bangor, Maine.
So now we are hiking with and as SoBo’s.
More to come on Maine…it’s beautiful! 😍
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Flip-flop, it just makes sense. Good choice.
Going to be a great walk, coming South!