Back on Trail

Atkins, VA to Bland, VA
After taking a week and a half zero, my little brother Donnie gave me a ride back to the trail in Atkins, VA. It was a late start in the afternoon and the weather turned quick so I made it about two miles in and decided to set up camp to avoid getting wet on my first day back out. I’m in a whole new bubble of hikers because of taking the time off and definitely missing Laura “Hips” who I’ve been hiking with for the past month.

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Woke up after a night of intense thunderstorms and moved on 12 miles to Knot Maul Branch Shelter.

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The trail in Virginia is filled with fence stiles hikers have to climb over to walk into different property and pastures.

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The trail runs through cow pastures a lot in Virginia.

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Woke up and hiked 19 miles to Jenkins Shelter. It was a tougher day than I imagined, Chestnut Knob was a climb! Everyone has been saying since Georgia “oh wait till Virginia, it will be flat” Virginia is definitely not flat! The terrain has been more rolling hills which is still difficult with some exhausting climbs.

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Makeshift footbridge.

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Gandalf hiking up Chestnut Knob.

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Chestnut Knob Shelter.

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Gandalf

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Woke up and hiked 12 miles to US 52 and hitched into Bland, VA with Gandalf.

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Laurel Creek.

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Gandalf.

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Gandalf with a half gallon of chocolate milk in Bland, VA.

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