Day 47: Sugar Run Mtn to Pearisburg, VA

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

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

So woke up at 5 am to an alarm. And darkness. Back to bed. Repeat a few times and finally my sleep cycle takes the coda. So at first light I make my oatmeal and take down camp in a hurry (remembering to scatter my fire traces)

After having camped alone, in the morning not 0.2 down the trail another couple people had camped out! So I actually wasn't nearly as alone as I thought. You never really are on the AT.
Made a stop in the morning at Doc Knob Shelter. Wolfed down my last 6 or so fun size snickers (don't know how this many survived in the bottom of my food bag for so long) and then huffed it over the ridgeline towards Pearisburg. Total mileage was 12 for the day, not bad for a town day... I was going to call it a " Nero" but since 12 used to be average miles for a full day I'll just call it a short day.

Pearisburg has everything a hiker needs: some AYCE restaurants, cheap accomodations, fast food, good resupplies, and walkable area. Since I got in at 1130, I was easily able to take advantage of all these services. Ate lunch at pizza plus (stuff your face with nasty pizza, and a salad!)

Actually have a single hotel room here. Should be a really good nights sleep. I also went to Rite Aid to burn some foto CDs so provided I can get those in the mail in the morning... They should be back safe and sound in TN soon. Of course you'll still have to wait until much later to see them... Sorry

I had a crazy town idea up in the woods, buy a jar of peanut butter, jelly, and loaf of bread and make a whole slew of pb&j's. Well that was my dinner, but after eating pizza plus for lunch, 8 creamsicles for snack ( it was 88 here today) I could only eat 5 of the sandwiches... I'll eat the rest tomorrow I guess. They were delciouuus!

So watched some tv, got clean, did some clothes washing, blah blah not interesting. I'll sleep in a little but I have to get on the trail in a timely fashion because it's supposed to be even warmer tomorrow. Strange to think it was snowing just a couple days ago up on chestnut ridge.

Well hope you all are doing well. I do understand the beauty of living in civilization... It's really nice to do everything with such ease and throw things in a trunk instead of a backpack. But oh the woods call to me, and I must go again tomorrow.
Good nite,
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Sharon Moser on

I can't believe you are in your second month at this ! You are amazing! Hope the feet and calf tendons are calming down a little. Your parents and Bob and I and Jim and some others were at dinner Friday night stuffing down sushi and were talking about you. I admire that you keep going even though not everything feels good. That's great training for life. Keep posting! We are living vicariously, believe me. Stay away from the bears!

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