11 June 2017
AT – 454 miles (Low Gap, US421)
Today’s – 0 miles
Time – 0 hrs
Speed – 0 mph
Still Zeroing with the bum leg…
We’ve left the Little House and are beginning our journey home for a few week break to rest & recuperate the leg.
Well…since I can’t hike right now, we’ve decided to visit some friends in the local area before heading back home. After a GREAT visit with the Johnson’s of Stanley Valley, we are trying to work in anyone who’s is close and available.
Today, it’s a surfing buddy of mine (Rob Quigg) who is vacationing in Damascus this week. I was already going to check in with him when I was hiking that way…but now I won’t smell as bad. I’ve been able to shower several consecutive days in a row and also use deordorant…
WOW, I smell like a pretty boy. It’s nothing like the “daily trail smell!” of dirt, grim and BO.
We were hopefully going to get to see Tony & Brenda Powers in Lebanon VA too. Even though I saw them last week, it’s been a while for myWife. However, Tony’s under the weather (sick) ? so we won’t get to see them this trip. I hope he gets better soon! A stop next trip for sure.
This hike has rekindled friendships from years gone by. What great friends we’ve made along our travels. And they are so generous and loving to us.
And I’m making more friends along the Appalachian Trail…like Karl Leonard who I hiked with back in Georgia. He’s back in the area vacationing with his family too.
They are doing some cool day tripping events like horseback riding. Cool for the family and no heavy packs.
Right now, we’re “slumming” at the Kingsport Starbucks. MMMMMMM, this Venti Mocha Frappucino is TASTY!
Then it was off to Damascus to see the Quigg clan. They invited us to Roxy’s birthday party and dinner…homemade chicken and dumplings. Also, we got entertained with fireworks and homemade ice cream. What a great night. It’s good to see old friends…
It’s a beautiful day and the area is expecting warmer temps (in the 90s) for the next few days. It might be nice to NOT be hiking but to have a little AC!
So…my official Hike Break has began. I hope a get a green light in a few weeks to get back out on the AT. For now, I’ll enjoy the downtime and start planning my re-entry into trail life. I think I’ll need a new plan for HYOH (hike your own hike).
So far, I’ve not hiked my own hike. I’ve hiked big days, taken less breaks, tried to “keep up”, been injured and just hiked in pain. This HAS to change.
I need to figure out — just what it means to HYOH! With the days and good weather quickly passing, colder temps will soon be here. Therefore, I need to decide how I’m going to get to Katahdin BEFORE cold weather sets in and/or the mountain is closed.
That could mean a Flip Flop to Maine when I get back on trail. However, I was looking forward to the Virginia Blues!
Who knows what in store for this hike. Planning (or my lack of) has definitely not worked, so I’ll just go with the flow — we’ll see what feels right and go from there.
This hike is NOT over…just a delay. I might find myself walking SOBO in to Damascus in December!
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