Day 58: Brown Mountain to Montebello, VA

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

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Woke up this morning to a suddenly full shelter (the kids from an outdoors adventure school that were staying also)  The sky was very overcast so I wanted to get out asap and did well, leaving the shelter at 7:15. The big climb of the day was up to Bald Mtn a 3000 footer. That is pretty significant in terms of the whole trail! It started raining and blowing wind about 3/4 the way up.

Once on top of the mountain there were some bald areas and it was the worst weather conditions I've seen. The wind was blowing about 40 mph, it was raining and sleeting, and the views were, uh, less than stellar. I had already sent my gloves home so my hands were absolutely frozen. By the time we stopped for lunch I couldn't really use my fingers individually.

The miles always fly by when the weather is nasty because we are too cold to stop for snacks or drinks! The 16 mi before lunch is pretty respectable. Especially awesome is that I am totally out of food so I have to leave the awful weather and head for town...

So down out of the rain I go, stop in at a fish hatchery and shoot the breeze with the ranger guys that work there. They let me call up the B&B where I'm staying and Earl comes to pick me up. The heat in the car is brilliant!

The house is awesome, they greet me with a hot chocolate and there are lots of hikers around! We go resupply at the most expensive place yet on the trail...boy the shop is ridiculous as in over 2 dollars for a box of mac and cheese!!!  Stayed for dinner at the B&B which was yummmyy! We had chicken, pesto pasta, salad, and because I was playing music on the piano for everyone, I got am extra piece of cake.  Also the niece of the owners goes to school at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids... Kinda finding Michigan connections everywhere!

So enjoyable warm and dry evening and I'll be ready to make the push to Waynesboro and the Shenandoahs.

Today we passed mile 800 so another milestone down but I really can't wait for the amazing euphoria of leaving Virginia...less than two weeks!!??  Hope everyone is doing well. How is the weather there? I bet you've never hiked in sleeting 40 mph weather. At least we know it'll improve soon!
Take care,
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Raymond Myers on

I assume you stayed at the Dutch Haus? I stayed there last summer on a section hike. GREAT place, though a long hike down the mountain to get to it, but worth every step. Rain Man

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