Day 60: Maupin Field to Waynesboro, VA

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

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

So woke up this morning to my alarm ( which I rarely set in the woods) because I wanted to make it a big day, early. looking out of the shelter you couldn't see anything the fog was so thick and the rain drizzling down on the shelter roof was pretty disheartening.  However, there's this little thing called TOWN that is a strong motivator!  So I made my oatmeal, packed up all my damp stuff (from the humidity) and hit the trail.

The hike is pretty smooth going except for various slippery spots where I nearly killed myself. There are these green tinted rocks out here that are just nothing but trouble. When you tread on them (and they are everywhere) each step could basically end your hike. Actually found out today that, like me, another guy fell coming down the priest, but he wasn't so lucky... Shattered his ankle.

The rain and clouds persisted the whole way at times heavier than others. The fog made it so I could never see more than 50 yds in front of me. This was especially exciting when I was passing through the eerie and repuditly haunted area of an old settlement between Mills Creek and Rockfish Gap.

The rainy weather does have it's benefits, overlooks become jokes, but instead of hanging out and enjoying viewpoints for half hours, you just put your head down and hike. Fast. Oh, and try to avoid the salamanders. Today I saw more than 20 of the little guys on or next to the trail.

Ate lunch only because I was all I did the 21 miles by 3pm which is pretty impressive for me. When I reached Rockfish Gap I knew to look for the visitor center but it was so foggy it took some searching! When I did locate it, some trail angels inside arranged a ride for me down into Waynesboro! Really nice for them to do this especially on a day where probably no one would pick up a wet hiker, if they could even see me.

Staying at the Quality Inn, my most expensive lodging yet, but i've earned it. People say to budget 1.50$ per mi on the trail, so when I come into town I know how much money I have to spend!

Dinner is with "Sonic" and "We'll See" at the Chinese buffet. Seriously ridiculously good for ten bucks. AYCE featuring salad and fresh fruits, all the traditional Chinese fare, sushi, crab legs, salmon, mac and cheese (gag), pizza, and many different desserts. Great for the price and we definitely filled up!

Also hit the post office and I have my NEW TENT!! Unfortunately I seem to have beaten my other package so hopefully it'll be here in the morning. I have many more errands to run but I'm really hoping that I don't have to make this a zero, though the predicted thunderstorms could influence me.

Ah sleeping in sheets, watching the Daily Show, full stomach... This is the life, can't understand how some people would ever invent this thing called "backpacking". What misery that must be!
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Colin Boyd on

Hey Rob, wassap?
It's so cool that your hiking the trail!!!!!! It's not good weather here-missed two baseball games. Sorry, gotta go. Might miss the bus!
Love, Colin

Ma on

Hi Roberto! So good to have wifi n catch ip on your blog. Almost sounded good when you talked about the cold... It was 100n very humid here in siem reep n almost as hot in phnom penh. Miss you! I'm dreaming crazy stuff on these malaria pills! Drunken Aussies next door didn't help last night! Can't wait to be able to text n talk again in a couple weeks.


Super glad to hear you escaped serious injury with your falls. Any bruises, aches, or pains? It'd be embarrassing to say you were walking the AT and fell out of bed at a B&B & broke your arm or something! Know any folk music from the 60's? I can't think of the name, but John Denver sang a song about W. Va. Two months on the trail. I'm proud of you!

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