Today has been excellent! We spent our last week hiking in the rain. Mostly high-spirited, but quite wet indeed. I knew that Virginia was going to be tough. Folks have been saying it’s wet, steep, plain, rocky, a lot of the same thing…the list goes on. So I’ve been mentally preparing myself, and it’s been going just fine. Not that I love being soggy all the time, or having to take 4 foot leaps from rock to rock, sometimes from wet rock to wet rock, but it’s been alright. I owe that, at large, to Bam and Tide Walker. It’s so great to have their company!
I’m relatively certain my body is getting frustrated with me. I just can’t seem to get enough to eat the last couple of days. My energy has been low and my tummy rumbles madly every 2 hours or so. Both Heidi, and a thru-hiker called Ompa that I’ve met on the trail, have warned me about this. How my body will go into starvation mode. It makes sense, having a 3000 calorie deficit every day for 6 weeks, I guess it’s bound to catch up with you. I’m confident that it will pass. I’ve been amazed before at my body’s ability to adapt and I know that I will get used to it.
So with all of that going on, damp, sore-jointed, and weak with hunger, I have to say, it was about the happiest day of my life yesterday when Tide Walker’s parents, Terry and Sandra, met us at a road crossing to take us into Roanoke. The seat of the car felt like a throne, and the hotel room feels and looks like a palace. It’s unreal! We’ve spent the last 36 hours clean, dry, well fed, and so happy! Terry and Sandra paid for our hotel room and bought us dinner. They’ve been so kind.
So, as seems to be the trend, life is good. I feel ready to hit the trail in the morning, and excited for coming attractions. The Shenandoahs and Jesse being the main ones.
Here’s a couple of photos of the D.A. I’ve been getting such great mail at my drops, thanks so much to everyone. I have another coming in two days and can’t wait to see the fan mail. You guys keep me going, and I love you so much!
And for those of you who played the “guess how much weight I’ve lost” game, the answer is, drum roll please ……………………………………………………….19 pounds! Wow, huh.