April 30

Day 31 White Rocks Mtn. to Vandeventer Shelter (20.7 miles). 436.1 miles total

One month in and I’m nearly 20% complete. Moving at pace close to what I expected. 3 zero days for weather weren’t factored into equation!

I am trying to guess where I will be on June 1. I am flying from somewhere to Fargo, ND for my niece, Ashley’s, wedding. Hoping to get near Harpers Ferry, WV but have to do 18 miles/day for 31 days,.. not too sure I can do that!

Hike today had some cool scenery and sky was mostly sunny, temp low 80’s.

Curious as to what year this barn was built. Pretty sturdy yet.

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Luckily the trail went around and up instead of straight up rock face.

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Laurel Falls.

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Trail skirts very close to river.

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View of Watauga Lake. Trail goes down to lake and circumnavigates around dam you can see straight ahead then up into mtns as lake goes to east.

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Not sure what these are but look like giant mushrooms growing upside down on this tree. Strange.

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As the trail reaches Watauga Lake, there is a hwy that runs 3 miles to Hampton, TN. Hitched a ride in and spent 2 hrs in town. Ate at Subway and read newspaper!

Below are some hikers taking a break by lake. Trail goes over hills on left and down to Dam on right.

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This is looking back from Dam to beach area. Came up and over that big peak in back this AM.

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Followed that lake for 9 miles this afternoon. Camped above it tonight!

About 32 miles to Damascus, VA. Should be there Tuesday. Planning to zero on Wednesday.

Happy trails!

 

 

6 thoughts on “April 30

  1. Nice pics & phenomenal progress! If you’re still having trouble cooking try using “isobutane” vs. propane or butane canisters.

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  2. When you get to D. you will have 2 pkgs. One from Kris and one from Mike H. Enjoy your 0 day. Love you.

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  3. Love following your blog. Look forward to it every day. I think everyone at the lake is checking it. Great job Pete! Till July…
    Happy trails

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  4. Way to go! I can’t even imagine so many miles day after day- how are your feet holding up? I imagine some of the things you’ll see along the trail go way back — maybe the Revolutionary War, the Underground Railroad and currently running moonshine ! If you have a chance to try some of the local treats – like moon shine or Tennessee whiskey – along the way that would be interesting ! Keep up the great work – I for one am living vicariously through your journey !! Deb JOHNSON erdahl

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