Hello from 1,000 Miles!
To the coworker at my last job who said I’d never make it to Virginia, hello from West Virginia! After a long hiker hibernation, I’m back! Oh, and I’m at mile 1,000! You can call me by my trail name: Soundtrack! My boyfriend is Easy Street and we’ve been cruising along the Appalachian Trail going NOBO for over three months now.
Let’s Jump Right In!
Today we went from Piney Ridge Summit in Virginia to a stealth site by a spring at mile 1,008.9 on the Roller Coaster section of the trail 16 miles before Harpers Ferry, WV.
Our stealth site on Piney Ridge is outrageously inhabited by millipedes, spiders, and roaches. Good god. If you look outside the tent you’ll easily see ten millipedes within one side of the vestibule alone. Ready to be out of this spot, although it’s nice because it was decently flat.
We we cut our day short by three point some odd miles today. I was exhausted from the heat of the day, which was in the 90s. On days like these you have to be careful to keep hydrated. I was able to but still the heat drained the energy from my bones all the same.
Today we hit 1,000 miles hiked. What a number. It doesn’t even feel real. I remember hitting mile 50 and thinking it seemed impossible. Now we are almost halfway. It’s been such a challenge. A challenge of physical and mental stamina as well. Thankful my legs are still chugging along.
Dinner was some miso soup with ramen noodles and extra seaweed that we added in. We watched an episode of Blue Planet as we slurped up dinner and dessert was strawberry fig newtons and Reese’s Puff cereal. A fun treat on the day we hit 1,000 miles in the blistering heat is my new heat rash right on my butt. It hurts to sit! Ouch! I’ve treated myself as I would a baby and now have Aquaphor applied to my wounds. TMI? Nah, it’s just hiker things!
A 16-point-something mile day will get us into Harpers Ferry tomorrow. The spiritual halfway point and oh how we are ready for it!
Vlogs! Did Someone Say Vlog?
P.S. if you’d like to check out my vlogs on YouTube then you can check them out right here! This video is from Newfound Gap in the Smokies to the beautiful and iconic Max Patch Bald.
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