20.6 miles, 53,011 steps, 518 stories climbed
924.9 miles, 2,399,916 steps, 23,370 stories climbed
Trail Magic Moments: 26
Today was a pretty strange day for me. I knew I had to do 20.6 and I felt like that was nothing and just took it nice and slow. I used to think of that as a long day but today I acted almost like it was a zero. It’s amazing how the body and mind adjust to anything.
There was, for the most part, not a whole lot of views today but I did come across one real nice one which I took a nice long lunch overlooking the valley.
While sitting there a day hiker came up and asked me if I was a thru-hiker along with a couple of questions. He mentioned he had met a couple of other hikers and had given them granola bars and such. He felt bad he had nothing to give me so he decided to just give me money instead. I tried to turn down the offer but he insisted and gave me $8 and told me to buy some snacks with them. Just gave me 8$. How unbelievably kind!
Less than a mile from the hut (for some reason they call the shelters huts here in Shenandoah National Park, they are exactly the same though) there was a little store where I spent that money on soda and a few snacks. Thank you sir!
Other than that there wasn’t a great deal going on on the trail. Shenandoah Park has been a bit disappointing as far as views not to mention we are hiking near a parkway most of the time. I haven’t run into any bears yet and most of the trees are still bare. I really hope things start blooming soon.
I thought about what it would be like to run a hostel again today and how it might run. It would be so much fun if Maria ever decides to retire (highly doubt it) to buy some property and spend our time hanging out with hikers and just being part of so many people’s journeys.
I also spent a great deal of time thinking about a couple of weeks from now when Maria will be out here with me. (Little does she know, I’m going to strap her to my backpack and force her to come with me the rest of the way.) I can’t wait to see her!!!