20.7 miles were hiked today. Camped up at the Priest Shelter.
The day started off in Buena Vista, VA. I got a hitch in the morning, but only 8 miles up the mountain towards the trailhead. I walked on the road the last 2 miles to the trailhead.
It was a lot of steep up hill climbs today. But there was also some flats and down hills, like most days.
Passed a day hiker and a short term hiker today. Nice people. But they smell so clean and look clean and fresh. On the other hand, I am unshaven, sweaty, ungroomed, I smell and all my gear does, I am dirty and my gear is. I have dirt, mud and bugs stuck to me, cut up legs, I usually hike with my only shirt fully unbuttoned. Such a fun contrast.
Around midday when having lunch, started hearing some thunder and the skies grew dark. Not long after, felt the cool thunderstorm downdraft…then pouring rain and high winds came, with a lot of lightening and of course a lot of pea sized hail. Luckily it was warm, so I just hiked soaking wet as the trail turned into a muddy river.
Got to camp, a lot (maybe 15) of people were here. Got set up and had a few sprinkles and cracks of thunder, but skies cleared. Cooked up some dinner and chatted with other hikers before bed.