Day 38: Abingdon Gap to Damascus, VA

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
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Trip End Jul 23, 2010


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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The original entry for today was lost forever to cyberspace.  What follows is a recreation, months after the fact.

Hello civilization! 

Back in town after a short stretch in the woods, but more importantly I'm in a new state!  Virginia says hello and I won't be back home in TN until the late summer!  The momentous occasion happened without warning, descending down a gradual incline through the misty rain and fog there is a small sign that says "Welcome to Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area" and someone had written with a Sharpie "Welcome to VA" 

I had left the shelter in the heavy rain because I wanted to spend my time in town and not biding my time sitting in a little shelter.  The hike was easy and it was great to come down into Damascus "the friendliest town on the trail."  It's been billed as such a great place, that it is almost a let-down.  The lack of an all you can eat is disappointing.  Fortunately a Dollar General and post office take care of the resupply. 

I catch up with "Roughin' It" and we make plans to eat some food.  I also meet "Cow Girl" again since we are staying in the same bunkhouse at the Hikers Hostel.  I was going to stay in a free church hostel, but the prospect of leaving all my possessions unattended all day made me rethink this.  Plus the hostel has sheets.

So enjoy a delicious lunch and then we spot some other hikers.  They are the "traveling circus".  They had been rumored to be a couple of attractive female thruhikers.  We had made some jokes about chasing them the last week or so.  It was kind of amusing to finally catch up with them.  When we got to chatting they invite Aikido and I over to have leftover pasta and such at their rented house.  So after some laundry, a milkshake, and time to rest the feet, we hang out with them.  Nice people.  They are also making a documentary about the trail so I'll look forward to seeing that someday.

So three states down!  Unfortunately VA is the longest state on the entire trail (over 550 miles, or one quarter of the whole trail)  I think if I can make it through this state in one piece and still wishing to hike I should be able to go all the way.

Good night all!

Donner
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