day 100

It was nonetheless raining after we wakened round 7 within the morning. The thick fog had not lifted and we may barely see the cabins under us. It made it exhausting to stand up so we slept a bit of longer and packed up slowly. A couple of hours later, after we pulled again the curtains, it was sunny! A lot to our shock! Sensible sunshine! This picked up our tempo, as we have been now feeling excited to retreat to attend out the storm for the previous few days.

Nonetheless, the climate had one other shock in retailer. The following two days have been going to be unseasonably chilly and the temperature hardly ever exceeds 50 levels. With the excessive altitude and fixed wind, we have been chilly, however completely happy to be on the path once more with blue skies.

Skyland Resort is a good place for anybody seeking to take pleasure in every thing Shenandoah Nationwide Park has to supply. This consists of mountaineering, biking, and even horseback using. Hayley was excited to cease on the stables and several other horses put their heads out.

The clouds stored rolling in all day however nonetheless we had some nice views. Sadly, Eric broke one in every of his trekking poles. Not 100% certain the way it occurred, however now it is nearly like studying find out how to develop once more. Having a trekking pole makes you’re feeling like you could have misplaced your steadiness. We’ll must order some new ones quickly or possibly we get fortunate and discover a lone trekking pole within the hiker-box. Eric might not be the one one who has damaged a trekking pole, Eric might have been left behind by Will. we are going to seeā€¦

Midway via the day, we’ll cease on our ultimate driveway. Even with the freezing temperatures, we cannot be denied the well-known Blackberry Milkshake! Naturally we bought some sizzling meals and a few extra snacks too.

We went to the camp and pitched our tent. Spur, a bit hiker we might met earlier than Ian Hitt, had already been arrange on the shelter. One other part hiker named Sweatshop had arrange his hammock within the distance. Linguini (she only in the near past discovered that the language is spelled with an “e”) rolled out proper earlier than darkish.

The temperature was chilly and nonetheless falling. As a result of storm, it was straightforward to gather wooden from freshly uprooted bushes and branches. All of us loved an enormous fireplace and joked that the wooden above the flames reminded us of smoking salmon. All of us talked about our experiences on the path and Sweetshop promised us some path magic close to Delville (about 10 days from now). We’ll see if his mates come to us!

Additionally, at the moment was our hundredth day! very good! We have now loved trying again and seeing how far we’ve come since Mount Katahdin and reminiscing via the images we’ve taken.

day 101

It was simply the coldest night time we’ve seen. We’re actually glad that we’ve modified our sleeping baggage and the within stays scrumptious. We completely love our Nemo sleeping baggage. No have to put on a variety of layers, the bag in some way retains you heat all night time lengthy. Should you go to mattress chilly, you’ll keep heat and heat all night time. They might not be the lightest sleeping baggage however at this level you know the way we roll.

The chilly temperatures will proceed all through the day, by no means going above 50 levels. Whereas we’re used to mountaineering in chilly climate in whites, it is actually completely different when there is not any sizzling automotive ready on the finish of the day.

Not a lot to report at the moment, miles gone and we paced to take brief breaks to remain heat. Even after beginning later than normal, we arrived on the camp later than anticipated and opted to sleep within the shelter which additionally supplied some further heat. We additionally knew that we might have an early morning the subsequent day so saving time dismantling our tent would assist. We have been in a position to collect some wooden and begin one other fireplace. It was a bit extra fickle and sadly Eric spent a while driving it.

On the shelter we met one other part traveler named Houtenani, Linguini additionally confirmed up. The little calves arrived after darkish. We chatted and loved the warmth of the fireplace.

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Our alarm rang at 5:15 and with a groan we pulled ourselves out of our heat sleeping baggage. We loved a cup of espresso whereas nonetheless gazing on the stars scattered throughout the sky. We tried to pack our issues quietly in order that Linguini and Hootenai wouldn’t be disturbed. The little calves bought up lengthy after us, packed up and took off at warp pace.

We began the day below the headlights, realizing that we might probably finish the day below the headlamps as nicely. Right now we needed to do a marathon of 26.2 miles. One of many downsides of mountaineering in a nationwide park is you can solely camp in designated areas and our alternative was a shelter inside 12 miles or 26 miles. At this level in our development 12 is just too brief and 26 is a bit tall however doable. We opted for a very long time realizing that we had a brief day within the metropolis the subsequent day.

The path was mild however we stored joking about how we stated no extra 20+ mile days. We needed to decelerate a bit and revel in our days however now we have been doing again to again 20s. These 20s have been additionally impressed by meals. This lengthy day set us up for a Nero and notorious AYCE (all you possibly can eat) Chinese language meals buffet in Waynesboro. Eric has fond recollections of Waynesboro and the Chinese language buffet from his 2011 hike.

Talking of 2011, whereas mountaineering we met Outdated Fats Dad, a 2011 NOBO thru-hiker who supplied us some path magic within the type of a fun-sized Snickers bar. We additionally had one other Path Magic supply within the type of a fireball shot. We thanked the passenger who supplied us this however we have been at mile 19 and nonetheless had 7 to go, we hit a wall and could not afford to get derailed. Two magic in in the future! We have been so shocked we’ve not had anybody since Pennsylvania we guess?

We pushed via two lengthy days of ache and eventually made it to our shelter after only some minutes of little calves. We loved some good water from a pipe spring and the remaining was left in our meals baggage. We have been quickly to depart Shenandoah Nationwide Park and we have been reminded of the attractive surroundings and colours of the altering leaves. We’ll miss the close by waysides and the snacks available for buy. We didn’t see any bears however noticed many deer and heard many owls. We’re excited for a brief day tomorrow.

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