Putting Up Bigger Miles in Virginia
I have now hiked over 1,300 miles and I’ve made it through PA, MD, WV, and I’m well into Virginia.
I’ve lost track of how many bears I’ve seen, but thankfully no scary encounters. I’ve been able to increase my daily mileage and I’m feeling good. I did my first 20-mile day last week, and if there was more daylight I would be ready to try for 25. It’s a blast to push myself physically and I’m amazed how my body recovers overnight.
One of my favorite town stops so far was in Duncannon, PA. I stayed at the Doyle Hotel, which was built in 1903. It was one of over 100 hotels built by Anheuser Busch and was a grand hotel back in the day. It’s now a total dive and rooms are only $25 a night, but it’s full of funky charm and history. It’s been a hiker hotel for about 20 years and has a great bar, plus an amazing porch to hang out in.
Boiling Springs, PA
My next stop was Boiling Springs, PA, which is very hiker friendly and even has a campsite in town. I met a couple at the Boiling Springs Tavern and had a great chat over dinner at the bar. When they got up to leave they insisted on paying my bill. Thank you, RL Simons.
I spent two nights in Harpers Ferry, WV, and really enjoyed my stay. So much history and such a cool town. The hike into town includes about three miles on the C&O Canal Path, which was used to tow barges into Washington, DC, with mules back in the day. Dave and Jacquie Mercer drove over and took me out for a steak dinner. I’ve known Dave since grade school and it was great to catch up. Thanks, Dave and Jacquie.
Shenandoah National Park
I’m currently in Shenandoah National Park and really enjoying this stretch. The trail covers over 100 miles in the park and the scenery is spectacular.
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