Day 60

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.

12 thoughts on “Day 60

  1. Melissa Anne Wenzel May 3, 2018 — 8:55 am

    Hi Jason! Thanks for all of your updates! I know it’s been a lot of hard work and we admire your dedication, perseverance and genuine excitement for this adventure! I have a million questions for you but I will just ask one now: Do you have a trail nickname?

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    1. Hi there, my trail name is Pace Car.

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  2. Wow! What a day, Looks like things are budding out now. Warm weather too. Enjoy the zero, You should contact that shirt company, Give them your endorsement 60 days and hasn’t rotted off yet! Thats a tough shirt!

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    1. Agreed, that is a tough shirt. Wear it all day, every day. Its my only shirt. Its faded, but not rotted yet…yet.

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  3. 25 miles? Awesome. Your scheduled rest is in order!

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  4. 700 Miles! That’s awesome! It’s 300 to chicago, so shortly you will have walked the equivalent of going to chicago and back from downdown St. Paul!!! Holy crap. Good for you!!! The views in your photos are stunning so the walk has to be worth it for that alone! I love the reptiles and nature shots. You’re making good time it seems. My plants are happy in your pod, but otherwise it’s been pretty empty over there.

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    1. Sorry, 400 to Chicago, I mis-typed.

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    2. Happy plants are good!

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  5. Great pictures, do you think that fire was the one you saw from a distance a few days back? Just wonderful it opened in time for your hike, like I say we find it hard to miss out on anything. The trees do look like home, everything starting to bud out, all fresh for the new season. Laughing about the eyes shining in the forest, the raccoons got me up at Nevis a few times, but I knew it wasn’t anything to be concerned about. Have a good zero day.

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    1. it was the same fire for sure.

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  6. Jess, Chad, Dean and Ryan May 3, 2018 — 9:54 pm

    So glad you got your iconic photo. Wow. That is a lot of miles you put on. Rest your dogs

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  7. Climate change is definitely a factor in our area, Lake Minnetonka ice out is scheduled tomorrow which will be a record for the last 161 years. Hope what are you doing well, and that the weather will continue to cooperate with you on your journey. I don’t know where you get your energy from to complete a full day of hiking then later decide to hike another 9 miles in the dark. Continue to take good care of your feet, and keep your eyes open for the critters along the trail.

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