Heading out of Daleville, VA (mile 730) I hit the ⅓ of the way to Katahdin sign. The following afternoon the trail began to intersect with the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. Some hikers choose to walk a portion of the miles through this section on the parkway as the trail runs parallel and the views are better seen from the road and outlooks along the parkway. Another big milestone just before Buena Vista, VA (mile 809) was the 800 mile mark.
Many of the small trail towns along the AT don’t have common fast food spots and as much as I love checking out the local cuisine I had been craving Chipotle for weeks and finally, after 864 miles of hiking, my burrito dreams had come true in Waynesboro, Virginia.
Nearby to Waynesboro is Charlottesville which I had found out is home to an Alamo Drafthouse, a Texas (my home state) based movie theater chain and my favorite place to catch a flick. So I messaged my old boss (I used to work there) and asked for some perks for me and another hiker. Great way to spend a Nero (hiker term for a nearly zero-mile day, we hiked out that evening)
Leaving Waynesboro the trail enters Shenandoah National Park. Only a few days left in the state of Virginia from this point. Next Stop Harpers Ferry, WV and on to the halfway mark!
A few days later we reached the 1800 mile mark. Heading into the White Mountains for our first 4,000 footer of the state. The climb up to Mt Moosilauke was grueling and we got our first taste of what it was going to be like hiking in the true north.
Near the end of Massachusetts (mile 1548) we crossed a road by a small farmhouse that provides an awesome Trail Stand stocked with cold drinks, snacks, and free Wi-Fi. A little over halfway through August we made it to Vermont and intersected with The Long Trail. Running the length of the state of Vermont, it is the...
The first item I was immediately satisfied with (surprising so, I might add) was my switch to an insulated water bottle. Regular water carries also were a treat as the fresh spring water would often still be cold when I reached camp for the evening. Doesn’t hurt to pour a few tall boys into it while leaving a gas station and be the shelter hero at the end of the day either.