Random thoughts, musings and things I think are interesting…

  • Day 38 – Low Gap to Stealth site at mile 464

    Day 38 – Low Gap to Stealth site at mile 464

    So last night the party seemed more subdued. Or maybe I was just more exhausted. I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow and slept through the night until a little after 6. I spent 30 minutes or so packing things up inside the tent then got up to survey the carnage.…

  • Day 37 – Zero at Damascus / Trail Days

    Day 37 – Zero at Damascus / Trail Days

    Last night was a little rough but some Bonnaroo experience got me through it 😝. The drum circle continued until about midnight and then the after party started…right next to our tents. It involved some free party favors and long conversations about totally inane topics a few downpours and other noise I’m likely forgetting, all…

  • Day 36 – Stealth site at mile 448 to McQueen Gap to Damascus

    Day 36 – Stealth site at mile 448 to McQueen Gap to Damascus

    The perfect hang, good dinner (knorr Mexican rice with chicken burritos + cheese and hot sauce), porch mode and nearly silent forest (for maybe the first time) lead to a great night of sleep. I was out before 8 and woke up at first light, a little after 6. With only a little over 11…

  • Day 35 – Stealth site by Wilbur Dam road to stealth site on mile 448

    Day 35 – Stealth site by Wilbur Dam road to stealth site on mile 448

    So now I remember why I don’t sleep by roads. It wasn’t so much the constant traffic as it was the one car that rolled in about 11 o’clock and stayed until about three opening and closing their door seemingly every 15 minutes I’m not sure what that guy was up to, but it was…

  • Day 34 – Black Bear hostel to a stealth site by Wilbur Dam road

    Day 34 – Black Bear hostel to a stealth site by Wilbur Dam road

    Today didn’t go as planned…in the most amazing ways! I decided last night to stick around for breakfast at the hostel even though it wasn’t served until 8, which meant I’d get on trail a little later than I’d have preferred for my planned 19 mile day. So I set my alarm for 7 to…

  • Day 33 – Camp site by Upper Laurel Fork creek to Black Bear hostel

    Day 33 – Camp site by Upper Laurel Fork creek to Black Bear hostel

    Note to self: always camp by running water (creek, stream, brook, waterfall) if I have the chance. I slept amazing last night! Was out before 8 and woke up at first light, around 6:15. First order of business was breakfast from the hammock, then getting dressed (in my ever so slightly damp and cold hiking…

  • Day 32 – Doll Flats to a camp site by Upper Laurel Fork creek

    Day 32 – Doll Flats to a camp site by Upper Laurel Fork creek

    The park like campsite at Doll Flats got a little crazy about 3 AM last night 😆. Out of no where, the wind started gusting at 25-30 mph…right into the side of my tarp. I’d not really taken the time to setup for high winds so through the course of the next hour both stakes…

  • Day 31 – Ash Gap to Doll Flats

    Day 31 – Ash Gap to Doll Flats

    I might have had the best night of sleep on the trail last night yet. Definitely top 3. Part of it was certainly the fact that I’d had only 5-6 hits the night before (would totally do the home zero again – worth the short night!) but maybe more of it is I decided to…

  • Day 30 – home to Ash Gap

    Day 30 – home to Ash Gap

    I woke up before the alarm at 4:30 and was on the road 20 minutes later. The route to Damascus took me down the mountain parkway onto KY 15 straight into VA. I rolled into the long term parking by the pool a few minutes after 10 and my shuttle driver was already waiting for…