Hiked about 24.5 miles today. It took me from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. to do it. The weather was pretty good today and due to a week of rain there was a lot of water to drink.
Today, it seemed the trail was full of rocks the entire way that I had to navigate through and often stumble or trip on. There were pockets of deeper water and thick mud on the trail too, left over from the rains. Rocks are hard on my feet as I imagine they are for most people. Not going to lie, the dogs are sore today. Rocks also really slow me down and wear me out.
About half the day was hiking through a section of trail known as “The Roller Coaster.”
It seemed like normal trail to me for the area, lots of small ups and downs. I had a snake start rattling at me in this area, but it was not a rattlesnake. It was a black snake of some sort pretending to be a rattlesnake. Have run into them before, still gets my attention.
The last few miles of the the day were on a rocky ridge. There were a lot of freshly blown over big trees, from the storms last week, it was kinda wild seeing all of them. Trail crew might be busy maybe.
Big highlights from today were breaking the 1,000 mile mark. Also leaving Virginia and entering West Virginia.