Woke up this morning st 6:30 a.m. The predicted ran had not yet started. So I packed up camp. Massaged my feet, legs and Achilles tendon and performed other routine stretches. I perform the same routine prior to going to bed too. At night I add wiping my feet down with Wet Wipes or hand sanitizer to keep them healthy.
Hiked two easy downhill miles into Damascus, Virginia.
The 93 year old uncle of Clipper was there waiting for us. Going to spend two days staying at his house in the area in the mountains and then back to the trail. It is a very nice home and his uncle is very welcoming. At this stage of the trip, the trail feels like home though.
The heavy rain held off until late morning. It came down hard most of the day and the rivers rose a lot and were filled with sediment, when they were crystal clear before the rain.
We went out to eat and the environment seemed very busy and loud.
I also picked up a pair of new hiking shoes, as I wore out a pair. Sticking with the Oboz Sawtooth size 14. I was lucky to find my size in a small town. I tried other options on as footwear is so important, but I went with the choice I know and has worked pretty well for me. The guy at the outfitter said I was making good time on the trail.
Tomorrow, Day 44 will be a rest day and include a stop at the grocery store to get me through the next leg of the trip. 554 miles of the AT are in Virginia, making it the longest state to cross.
Went out to dinner with Clipper and his uncle tonight (Day 44) at The Tavern. It’s a tavern from 1779 in the original building, pretty cool and lots of history.