Today was a big day and it isn’t even over yet. I’m currently sitting at Tinker Cliffs looking west over the mountains in Virginia and West Virginia. I still have 4 1/2 miles to go to the next shelter so I probably will be getting there just around sunset.
There was a lot of climbing today. It seems like every time I climbed a mountain there was another just beyond it even higher. I think my total elevation gain was somewhere around 3,000 feet today, but I wasn’t really counting.
Yes, I did make it! Night hiked for last 1 1/2 miles. And Holy Crap, there was a bear right next up the trail. I scared it off… 😱
AT Thru-Hike Stats
Section Day #1 (5/9/19)
Start – Daleville, VA Rte 220 (729.7)
End – Campbell Shelter (714.3)
Today’s mileage: 15.4
Total section miles: 15.4
Total miles on AT: 731.1
Section avg daily miles: 15.4
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. – William Shakespeare