Sorry I’m a little late on posting this, but it’s been a busy few days and I’ve been pretty tired at night. Here is our Month 2 overview of our hike. Enjoy the highlights and factoids from April 15 through May 15!
Total mileage: 454.5 (78.7 more than last month)
Average mileage per day: 15.2 (13.4 for entire hike so far. 3.1 mpd increase from Month 1)
Number of Zero Days: 2 (Damascus and Pearisburg)
Percentage of trail completed: 38%
Best Hiking Day: Day 42 when we hiked in the Grayson Highlands. A beautiful day and lots of pony encounters!
Easiest Hike: Day 43. We had easy terrain and we were flying at 3 mph average.
Most Difficult Day: Day 54. We had to deal with flooding, tons of rain, everything was wet, and we were moving slow. Dragons Tooth was especially treacherous.
Worst Day: Day 36. This was an awful day. High winds and driving rain as we hiked along the ridge line in TN. We were cold, wet, and miserable.
Best Trail Town: Damascus, of course!
Favorite Mountain: Hump Mountain in the Roan Highlands.
Favorite Camping Spot: Hog Camp Gap in Virginia
Favorite Shelter: Bryant Ridge Shelter
Favorite State: Virginia!
Favorite Trail Location Names: Hump Mountain, Brushy Mountain, Punchbowl Mountain, Salt Log Gap, Humpback Mountain, and Cripple Creek because of The Band song of the same name.
Wildlife Sightings: Deer, rabbits, butterflies, squirrels, chipmunks, turtle, several small birds, salamanders, newts, grouse (Miles has seen a few), snakes, mice, hawks, buzzards, and we have heard owls and coyotes at night.
Number of falls: We stopped keeping count, but all I know is that Miles fell more than I did this month. 🙂