In Daleville, VA. I am at AT trail mile 703.7. I am not going to bother updating past days. Too much typing on my iPhone. I really need to start updating this daily again.
Been doing pretty good. Going to McAffee Knob and Tinker Cliffs tomorrow. Awesome place from what I hear and the pictures I have seen.
Had to hike out off the trail a couple days ago to avoid the tropical storm. Me and Gus got soaked. We had to take a 20 minute ride in the bed of pickup truck in pouring rain. Although fun, it was a very wet experience.
Made it to Daleville, VA with Munich Bear and Gretal. Couple of hikers from Germany I have been running into the last couple days. Had a good time helping with their English and learning about cultural differences between the US and Germany. Interesting stuff.
Took a couple zero days here to avoid the storm and check out a hiker festival in Troutville, VA. Not bad, but nothing like Trail Days in Damascus.
Charged up all my electronics and went though my gear again. Seems I have everything buttoned up pretty well for the foreseeable future. Should be around 20-25lbs with 4-5 days of food for me and Gus.
Been really disappointed with the Revolution Tick, Flea, and Heartworn treatment I am giving Gus. I find about 10-20 ticks a day on Gus. It’s a tedious task to pull them off and kill them. I feel bad for Gus having to endure those things and removal. If anyone has a better idea or medication to use please let me know. Lyme disease is the last thing I want him to contract. At least I have not seen any deer ticks yet, just dog ticks.
I have only had one tick attach. I usually get to them before they bite. I think it may be time to invest in some DEET. Bugs are getting progressively worse as the weather gets warmer. Other than the bugs, it is beautiful watching winter turn to spring. The forest is green and full of life.
Animal update: I have seen too many deer to count in Virginia. Including seeing a newborn fawn and it’s mom. Very awesome. Another very exciting siting was of 4 bears heading up to the Audie Murphy Monument on Brushy Mountain. First bear siting on the AT. There was a mama bear and her three cubs climbing trees. Never seen cubs before in the wild. Spectacular. They looked like monkeys climbing and swinging from branch to branch. Snakes abound out here. Seen lots of black snakes. Also started seeing lizards and salamanders more frequently.
Since my mental issues in Bland, VA I have realized that I really love being out here. Slowing down and taking everything in has really helped me keep the joy of this adventure in the forefront of my mind. I realize more each day how I like to hike solo more than with a group. I’m not an extrovert off the trail so I guess I should not be surprised I am not one on the trail. Everything just seems to go more smoothly and more enjoyably when I’m surrounded by no one but myself, Gus, and the trail. Can keep my own pace and decide when to stop or how long to break without having to vote by committee. Anyways, cliche, but I guess the adage “hike your own hike” really does ring true.
Until the next time. Carpe Diem. Enjoy getting up and going to work. 😛