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Appalachian Trail / 22.05.2019

Southwest Virginia Appalachian Trail hike from the trail crossing on VA Route 42 near Ceres, VA (mile 558.3) to VA Route 311 near Catawba, VA (mile 709.9). This hike took place over 10 days from May 12th thru May 21st, 2019. Day 1 - May 12th At mile 563.7. Hiked 5.4 miles today. I started hiking at 5 pm after a long day of driving from Roswell, GA. Here is a photo of the countryside as I drove along narrow roads toward my starting point in rural Southwest Virginia. On the road...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 15.09.2018

At mile 1092.3. Hiked 5 miles today. I was at my desk in Atlanta working for AT&T on March 26th. The next day, March 27th at 5:00 PM, a Border Patrol Agent dropped me off at the PCT monument on the Mexican Border. A long fence with a broad swath of carefully plowed “no man’s land” between the fence and a metal border wall stretched in front of me. I was all by myself. I added a quick entry to the trail register that was hidden in a cubbyhole...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 14.09.2018

At mile 1087.3. Hiked 21.6 miles today. Today was my last full day of hiking so I took another PCT’ers advice to savor it.  The day was cool and breezy without the strong gusts of the last two days and the trail continued to be easy on the feet. Nice for the countdown to the end. Captain Travis on leave is hiking on the PCT in photo below. The the trail passed through fields of golden grass.The  And reds. Here is a lake that I think might be Blue Lake. About a mile before Carson...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 12.09.2018

At mile 1039.3. Hiked 22.3 miles today. Since I spent the night at North Kennedy Meadows and had the Cowboy Breakfast, I didn’t start hiking until 9:10 am. Even with the late start and carrying 4 day food supply, I made pretty good mileage.  There were two reasons for the good mileage. First, I see the end in sight. Next, by early afternoon it became apparent that I was walking toward a wildfire, that I was downwind from the fire, that the winds were very strong, and finally, I had...