Nice and easy (but long!) day. Walked today with Shutterbug. She reminds me a lot of a younger version of one of my friends from back home. We walked through a cattle field today. Shutterbug was nervous but I was just walking. There were baby cows! Apparantly M80 & Trooper had trouble with the cow pasture because of their dog, Willow. M80 picked up Willow, who was growling and baring her teeth, and Trooper walked in front of them hitting her sticks together. Trooper said later that the cows started surrounding them and it was very scary. Yet another reason I am glad I don’t have a dog on the trail!
Mom sent a nice email. I’m glad to have such a supportive family.
Just before the trail crossed a road there was a big metal box with crosses on it; trail magic by a local baptist “Girls in Action” church group. Had a first aid kit, some candy, and ice cold sodas.
Met two section hikers; Timberlake & his friend. They are both in their 70s and are section hiking parts of the AT that they like. They had two dogs with them; Max and Chobe. Timberlake said, “tell me where Chobe is and I’ll give you a prize”….and I said…”on a map?” which his friend thought was hilarious. I didn’t get a prize, though.
Ate lunch with M80/Trooper/Willow/Owl/Shutterbug. I really like meeting up for lunch with a group.
Took my time getting to the shelter – man my feet hurt – but was able to talk with AWE for a while. So there are some benefits to being slow. 🙂
At the shelter with Owl, shutterbug, big yank, and techie. M80 & Trooper are tenting (as usual), and a British guy named Smiles is tenting also. We are all very excited to get into Damascus tomorrow. Big Yank has a celebratory beer he has been carrying for 40 miles to drink at the Virginia border. And, of course, it is Owl’s birthday tomorrow!