May 2

Day 33 McQueens Knob to Damascus, VA (11.9 miles). 469.2 total miles

Wind howled all night. Got pretty chilly, too. Took a while to get going as was waiting for it to warm up a bit before rolling out of sleeping bag.

Made it to VA. 3 states finished…only 11 to go! Trail is in VA for 500+ miles. Most of any state. Will be June before through VA!

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Only took about 4 hrs to hike the 12 miles to Damascus. I’m always a little faster when nearing a town plus trail had fewer rocks and tree roots than usual. The rocks and roots are a trip risk plus they just beat your feet up.

Trail goes right through Damascus, a small town with a population fewer than 1000. Very dependent on hikers and hosts a Trail Days Festival every May (3rd weekend). This is a big celebration for past and current thru-hikers.

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Spending next 2 nights at Lazy Fix B&B. Owned by Ginny Adams for past 20 years. She is 92 and in great shape. Rumor has it her breakfast is fantastic. Will find out in AM!

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Had dinner at Hey Joe’s Mexican Restaurant. Very good. Met Mac, a Vietnam Vet who grew up in Damascus. Says he has best moonshine around. I’m invited over to his house to taste test tomorrow night. We’ll see!

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Looking forward to a good day of rest tomorrow.

Happy trails!

5 thoughts on “May 2

  1. Enjoy your rest day and good food!! Wonder how long he started on that beard. Enjoy the moonshine 😳


  2. Looking like a real seasoned AT hiker. Pamper your feet while you rest. Cliff says the beer looks good!


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