22.9 miles, 59,375 steps, 522 stories climbed
1011.8 miles, 2,617,403 steps, 25,183 stories climbed
Over 1000 miles!!! Woohoo!!! There was absolutely no marker whatsoever but I made it!
I’m not quite sure what was up with me today, I just felt really tired. I had a good night’s sleep and woke up at my regular time but was just tired from the very beginning of the day. I was very excited to cross 1000 miles and to also get to a hostel and finally get a shower and do some laundry and even though my pace was pretty normal, I was just tired. I struggled to get to my lunch stop around 13 miles in.
I took a longer than normal lunch break and ate a bit extra. The next section of the trail was called the Roller Coaster and I was created by this sign:
The roller coaster is a 13.5 mile stretch of continuous short but steep ups and downs. The hostel is about 9.5 miles into the roller coaster so I still have about 4 miles to go but I’ll deal with that tomorrow.
I pushed and pushed to get through the roller coaster and to the hostel but my pace slowed and I didn’t arrive until after 5:30.
When I arrived the Slug Club was waiting for me, a large group of 17-20 year olds traveling together, which I’ve been trying to avoid, not because there’s anything wrong with them just because it’s a group of over 10 people which usually takes up most of the tent/shelter spots.
Most of them decided to tent so I was able to get a bunk. It felt so good to get a shower and put on some clean clothes. A heat wave has come in so the past two days I’ve been a sweaty mess and it was nice to feel human again.
I think tomorrow I’ll take it a bit easier but that all depends on how I feel in the morning I guess. The thought of crossing the border and leaving Virginia behind tomorrow might be too tempting and push me farther than I’m currently planning. Who knows. I find my plans are changing more and more often now. Who needs plans?
I was also thinking today about how in two weeks Maria will finally be out here with me. I can’t believe I haven’t seen her in 2 months! Hell, I’ve barely been able to speak to her. I’m making room in my backpack now though so I can stuff her in there. I just have to find a way to make sure she can’t get out and run back to her job. Damn workaholic! 🙂