On October 10, 2019, I began a 199.5 mile southbound section hike from Swift Run Gap in Shenandoah National Park (AT southbound mile 1282.6) to Virginia Route 311, Catawba, VA (AT southbound mile 1482.1). Most of this section generally followed the Blue Ridge Parkway between Waynesboro, VA and Daleville, VA. I hiked 11 days, finishing on October 20th.
Swift Run Gap, Oct 10, 2019, Thursday
At mile 1305. Hiked 22.4 miles today.
Started at the park entrance at Swift Run Gap. It was a pleasant day and though the...
Hard Hiking - June 14th
After 2 days and 2 nights of traveling from Georgia, I found myself on Horseshoe Meadows Road looking for a final hitch to the top. After a half-hour wait with no traffic, two cars finally came along. They slowed and pulled over. I rode in the 2nd car. Some guys from LA were on their way to Horseshoe Meadows for a long weekend of backpacking. My driver had left LA about 3 AM that morning. It took me 2 days of shuttle, train, and...
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...