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  1. Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 6:45 pm

    I woke up at 5:30 am (May 3rd) to the clopping of ponies' hooves. Very shortly after that I was able to make out in the dark a pony approaching the shelter. I announced to the shelter the ponies were there. Immediately , four people jumped to their feet with their cell phones to take pictures.

    Eventually, six ponies showed up in short order. One was a colt not more than a couple of weeks old. Everyone was excited to see them. Selfies and other types of pictures were being taken. One ...
  2. Sunday, May 2, 2021, 7:55 pm

    Got an early start this morning, hitting the trail at 7:30 am. Was only doing 12.4 miles today, one of my lesser days lately. Did well for the first hour and a half until I hit Whitetop Mountain. The trail was covered with rocks, both loose and protruding. Plus it was about 2,000 feet of "up." I had to go slow.

    There were two trail magics today, my first since I've been back on the trail. One was at Whitetop Mountain. A couple who hiked last year had cookies, fruit, water, ...
  3. May 1, 2021, 8:05 pm

    Left Crazy Larry's Hostel this morning at about 8:25 am. My stay at his hostel was very good. He treated me and the other guests very well. He has a mixed reputation but I found him to be hard working and eager to make people happy. He cooked breakfast for us each of the two mornings that I stayed. morning I wasn't hungry at all and didn't eat lunch until 1 pm.

    The hike today was 16 miles. There were a couple of relatively small mountains but nothing serious. We parelelled a bike ...
  4. Day 69: Zero Day at Angels Rest

    Taking a zero today at Angels Rest in Pearisburg. Tried to get my second COVID shot, but they wouldnít let me get it one day early and they are closed tomorrow for Memorial Day. So Iíll have to coordinate that in Daleville. Watched Jurassic Park and chilled around the hostel all day.
  5. Day 68: Easy day to Angelís Rest Hiker Haven

    Today is only 11 miles to Pearisburg. Itís flat and mostly downhill. Woods Hole served breakfast at 8am, so we were on trail by 9am. I felt good and the terrain was easy, so I powered through and made it to Pearisburg by 2pm. Checked into the bunk room and got settled in. The Food Lion is in walking distance, so resupplied for my zero tomorrow. Angelís Rest offers a 20 mile slack pack that I think we will do Monday after our zero.
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