16.0 miles, 50,616 steps, 289 stories climbed
1047.6 miles, 2,717,502 steps, 25,823 stories climbed
Trail Magic Moments: 30
It was so good to get back to the trail. Today definitely didn’t go as expected but still great to be on the trail.
I packed my stuff up and hit the road trying to hitch a ride back to Harpers Ferry. There is a bus between the towns but according to the schedule I had, the bus didn’t start running ’till around 9am and I wanted an earlier start than that so I started walking towards Harpers Ferry with my thumb out for everyone to see. Now up until this point I had had a great deal of luck with hitch hiking but not today. I walked about 3 of the 5 miles back to Harpers Ferry before I was finally picked up by a friendly, out of town college kid. He was nice enough to drop me off near where I left the trail the other day. I thanked him and wished him well and then it was back to the trail.
The trail started off by going through historic Harpers Ferry, a very old but well maintained portion of town with cobblestone roads and a strip of small brick buildings each with its own bit of history.
Next the trail crossed over the Potomac River again on a foot/train bridge. Midway across the bridge, I left West Virginia behind and crossed into Maryland. There was no sign to tell me this or for me to take a picture of unfortunately.
The next few miles were pretty easy and flat along the Potomac River and I saw a number of older people doing guided tours along the trail (the AT and some other trail were the same route at this point). Eventually, the AT went back to its secluded forest ways and I was once again greeted by the flowers, trees and bird calls. I took a few side trails to check out the views (some of which I never found but some that were incredible).
I had a plan to go to the next shelter after this today which would have been another 7.5 miles but between the late start and extra miles this morning and the threat of a huge thunderstorm, I decided to stay here. (When really dark clouds roll in along with thunder that you can feel shaking your insides and you check the weather app on your phone and it simply says Find Shelter Now! In big bold red letters you simply rush to the shelter and hope you make it in time)
I did make it before the storm (which is raging as I type) but now I have to make up the miles. I have a pretty far way to go over the next 10 days to meet up with Maria, so expect some big days. Luckily, the terrain is rather easy hopefully the weather cooperates.