Wild Day! I hiked 25.8 miles today to Daleville, Virginia.
In the morning, I started hiking, not knowing if the forest fire closure of the trail was still in affect. I figured, what is meant to be, will be. The first 6 miles were through the woods and farm pasture, mostly uphill.
Then I came to a trailhead parking area where Vagabond Jack (in dark blue shirt) was giving out trail magic. He came with lots of cold beverages and food.
The trail closure was just lifted a little bit before I arrived. There was someone there giving hikers info. As I walked through the burn area, some areas were still smoking and some very small fires still burning. A few National Park Service firefighters were up on the trail keeping tabs on it.
From there, I made it up to Mcaffee Knob for the views and to get the mandatory photo. It was a pretty warm day and I took extra measures to increase my water intake.
Did a lot of hiking up on ridges and along cliffs for the rest of the day.
Made it to where I was going to camp and decided not to camp there after all. I made dinner and relaxed for maybe an hour. Then I put on my headlamp and night hiked another 9 miles into the sunset and darkness.
The terrain was tougher than I expected. I made it to town at midnight. Saw a lot of animal eyes reflecting the light from my headlamp. Mostly deer I suspect, but who knows for sure. I think I did a little more than I should have, but should be ok as I have some rest days scheduled.