Today is a rest day, a glorious rest day. The sun is shining intensly, the birds are singing in town. The body and mind are recovering.
Here is a fun bluegrass song about Virginia, since that is where I am now.
I am full after breakfast and lunch and now dinner. As I was eating, the drinks came with ice in them. Ice in drinks is so mindblowing at this stage of the hike. It is so simple of a thing, but yet such a luxury. Savor the little things in life. It is an interesting read about ice as it developed into a luxury item and status symbol in America and around the world. You will have to do your own leg work on that.
I was hanging around the hiker hotel. The clerk was being asked trail questions from an Australian couple. The clerk was very nice, but knew nothing about the trail, but he asked me to help and I was able to.
I wanted a drive a few miles down the road to go somewhere, so I used Lyft. My driver played violin for 40 years in the Russian National Philharmonic. That is no small accomplishment. It was a real priveledge to meet him. It is funny who you meet. My driver is a world class musician. Amazing, humbling and thrilling for me all at the same time.
Went to a small outdoors store in town. I had to get a few new things to replace some gear items that were or were about to wear out. Tomorrow, I will go to the grocery store and get ready to hit the trail the next day.
Good night ya’ll on Day 61.
Day 62 is the last rest day this leg. It was also food resupply day. Below is a picture of a typical 4 day supply of trail food. Each day provides about 3,800 calories. It seems to give me enough energy to get through each day. I also add a multi-vitamin each day. I am not saying this is a healthy way to eat, but it is typical for thru hikers. Pretty high in fat, carbs and protein.