Did another 20 mile hike today.
This morning was a great beginning to the day. Hiked through a farm in the Appalachian Mountains. The owners even put the AT logo on the barn. How cool. It was a nice change of scenery, but also a reminder that the AT is not just a mountain trail, but a trail connecting nature, humans and communities. This is America. I love this country and its people and landscapes.
I am two miles outside of Damasus, Virginia tonight. That’s right, I entered Virginia tonight and left Tennessee behind. Tennessee was good to me. Below is me kissing the State line crossing. At this stage of the hike, I have walked through Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
There is not much vegetation out in the woods yet. The plants have buds on them. The Ramps were out, so I did some foraging for them and eating them as I hiked. They are a wild onion, with a nice sweet flavor. It was a warm day today and extra water was enjoyed/required.
Sometime tonight or in the morning a storm is predicted to roll into the area with up to two inches of rain and 50 to 60 mph winds.
Tomorrow, was planning on being in Damascus all day. So it might work out well. Hiked more miles today, just in case, to get off the high ridges and down to a lower elevation.
Good night everyone. Special shout out to my girlfriend who earned her black belt in Karate tonight.