Daily Archives: June 3, 2013

Pearisburg, VA to Daleville,VA [719 miles]

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I’m covered in sweat.

The trail keeps going up.

Up up up.

My pack digs into my shoulders.

I see the sky filtering between the trees.

I’m getting closer.

I hear laughter.

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And then suddenly… a clearing.. and there she is… as beautiful as I have always imagined. I look around and see hiker friends– some old and some new.

I know that everything is going to be okay. I am finally here.

McAfee Knob, Virginia

Mile 707

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I linger at the summit and watch the sunset with the other hikers. It is so beautiful, that I ignore the “no camping” rule and gently rope up 2 trees for my hammock.

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Illegal hammock hanging. I know. I feel bad. Really, I do.

Wait. No, I don’t.

At midnight, I awaken to headlamps as 3 more hikers arrive to camp here. Guess I wasn’t the only one with this great idea.

We all wake up at 6 am and watch the sunrise.

It lights up the sky.

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Virginia hasn’t been boring.

Virginia hasn’t been a long green tunnel.

Virginia hasn’t been easy.

Why so many rocks???

I am now 1/3 complete with the Appalachian Trail. I can’t believe it!

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PS: I peed off a cliff. Mom, aren’t you proud? (sorry, your daughter is nuts)

This entry is a little late. I’m actually at mile 800 right now. Sorry, I got sidetracked with walking.

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