Goodbye, Erwin!

After three zeros resting my knee in Erwin, I was ready to test the waters. I will miss the Steel Rails Coffee House, but it was time to get back on the trail!

On Friday, I chose to slack pack roughly nine miles SOBO to see how my knee would react. With the patellar knee brace. All systems were go for Saturday. For the next several days, I wanted to be somewhat conservative with my mileage.

Saturday, we hiked roughly 12-13 miles before opting to spend the night at Mountain Harbour Hostel to avoid the colder overnight temperatures.

Mountain Harbour did not disappoint. The Kitchen served up an awesome evening meal and the breakfast definitely earned its title as “Best on the Trail.”

The next few days of hiking through the balds of the Roan Highlands was physically challenging but offered breathtaking landscapes. Mother Nature was still trying to life interesting with snow, wind, and rain.

The weather for the next couple days looks to be a bit of a challenge, but I’m looking forward to the rewards of spring in southern Virginia.

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