Another day, another hostel for a few days. Made it into Pearisburg, VA with a little help and went straight to hiker doctor. I started having problems with my opposite knee because of compensation. Using it to pull up weight on boulders and always landing on it when coming down has put a big strain on the tendons. Luckily the joint looks good, but unlucky because the tendons could take awhile to heal. Dr says stay off it for 4-5 days and start back with short miles. Unfortunately, my second day back has no water sources for 12 miles. I should know by day 2 if this is going to work. Keep your fingers crossed.
The last week was a little grueling, but the temperature has gone up and the days now seem longer. I hiked through a lot of farm land and dodged many a cow. And cow poo.
Had another midnight bear encounter. Luckily there were several hikers around. He did roll a rock down the hill behind me and it crashed into my tent.
Everyone is talking bears right now. The locals are all carrying guns and they euthanized one that attacked a hiker in his tent. I feel sorry for the bears. It’s the dumb hikers that sleep with food bags and don’t clean up after themselves that are causing the problems.
I also saw a giant beaver, but he jumped into the river before I could get a pic.
Got stung on the butt by a bee and the knats seem to love me. Finally, I look like a Survivor contestant.
Those Virginia blues are always trying to creep in. One step in front of the other….
I did run into 3 trail magics in one day. Chili burritos, tons of fruit, cold drinks and candy. And popcorn, which is my favorite!
Also, on my hitch off the mtn that I couldn’t finish, the guy that picked me up took me through a tiny mtn town that’s totally off the grid. No electricity or bathrooms. Outhouses!
It’s all so beautiful and I really do want to stay on the trail. Just gotta stay a step ahead of those blues!
Ok. Everybody take care and I’ll check back in 100 or so!!
Digdeep…I really am.