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.


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.


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.


  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.


  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


  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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