May 4, 2013
Today’s mileage: 8.4 miles
Total mileage: 639.2
When you have a TV, Internet, and electricity, you tend to stay up later than when you’re camping. We stayed up past 1:00 AM last night and so we ended up sleeping in this morning. We still had plenty of time however to get all of our things ready before checkout at 11. We planned a short day out of town, which allowed us plenty of time to set up camp and relax.
As we were leaving town, a man sitting on his porch offered us some bottled water. The trail runs right past his house, so I bet he gets to see a lot of hikers pass through. I tried to imagine how many hundreds, if not thousands of hikers he has met or talked to from his front porch.
As we left the road near the factory in town, a rabbit crossed our path. He paused in the bushes, taking note of our every move. We had a steep climb out of Pearisburg and we met Titan on the way. He started on March 29th, so he’s really moving at a good pace. We took a break at Rice Field Shelter, a nice location with views to another town and what we think may be West Virginia. We’ll be hiking very close to the border until we head east into Daleville. There was an outlet in the shelter, but I’m guessing it’s a joke. Correct me if I’m wrong, but either way I find it amusing. The privy was almost full to the brim, so I made my time there quick.
We’ve got a nice camping spot up here on the ridge overlooking Pearisburg. We got to camp around 3:30 and have been relaxing and planning out the next few days of hiking. No one else is here as of now, but maybe one or two people will join us coming out of town. Looks like it’s going to be a windy night up here. We’re planning on getting a fire going to make some s’mores after dinner. Thanks to my mom for sending us the supplies for that!
And a Happy Birthday to my mom and my Aunt Kathy!
My family is celebrating my mom’s birthday at Massimo’s, an Italian restaurant in Bangor tonight. I’m a little jealous to say the least. Oh what I would do for a Caprese salad, gnocchi, and some gelato right now…