“Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy”

Pearisburg VA to Daleville VA

I’ve been hiking solo lately and deep in thoughts sometimes good and sometimes intense. The trail has been very rocky as well, making concentration on each foot placement important. I went to a hiker feed at “The Captains” house just outside of Pearisburg. The Captain allows hikers to camp in his yard for free and throws an annual hiker feed party, two weeks after Trail Days. During the hiker feed an Eagles album was playing on the stereo. The song “Take it Easy” came on and the line ” don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy” really resonated with me. The line was stuck in my head and I repeated it over and over and over through out this section of the trail.

I started out of Pearisburg mid day after taking a zero and hitting the Hardees and Dairy Queen. Hiked about 10 miles to a campsite on the ridge.

Hiking out of Pearisburg, VA

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Rocky trail.

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MMRF who lost his father recently from Multiple Myeloma is hiking as a fundraiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Check out his website for more information http://www.active.com/donate/2012mmrfyor/at4mm

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A white blaze

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MMRF taking a snack break at Rice Field Shelter.

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Beast Mode setting up his tarp shelter.

Woke up, hiked 12 miles to “The Captains” and spent the next two days there for his annual hiker feed, meet a whole bunch of new hikers.

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Bonobo and Groove

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Beast Mode taking the zip line across Stony Creek to “The Captains”.

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Firefox on the zip line across Stony Creek to “The Captains”.

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Stony Creek

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Hikers at “The Captains”.

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Hikers at “The Captains”.

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The Captain

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Hiker feed at “The Captains”.

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Hiker feed at “The Captains”.

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Left “The Captains” at noon and hiked 12 miles to War Spur Shelter.

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Flop, a flip flop thru hiker who is heading south to southern terminus Springer Mountain, GA from Hapers Ferry, WV the trails mid point and then he will fly to the northern terminus Mt. Katahdin in Maine and hike back to Hapers Ferry.

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Hip’s last log entry at War Spur Shelter, a haiku describing her marathon 27.4 mile hike.

Woke up feeling good from all the food I ate the previous two days at “The Captains” and hiked 18.2 miles to Niday Shelter.

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Crossed the Eastern Continental Divide.

Woke up, started to hike and I developed a sharp pain in my heel so I stopped early at Pickle Branch Shelter and rested.

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Audie Murphy Monument, Murphy was most decorated American Solider of World War II and died near this site in an airplane crash.

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Woke up, still had the heel pain and hiked to VA 624. Stopped at a convenience store to get a couple hot dogs and a hamburger. Caught a ride to the trail parking lot a couple miles before McAfee Knob and hiked to Lamberts Meadow Shelter, a 17.2 mile day.

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The rocky trail going up Dragons Tooth.

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The rocky trail going up Dragons Tooth.

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Steep climbs on Dragon Tooth. Notice the steel hand bars on the rocks.

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Steep climbs on Dragon Tooth.

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Me on McAfee Knob.

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A section hiker killed two rattle snakes and cut off their rattles.

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Hikers from Charlotte, NC doing a benefit hike for their friend who died in a car accident. Check out the website for more information www.charliesvision.com.

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Under the Tinker Cliffs

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Woke up to rain and hiked 9.2 miles to Daleville, VA. Where I meet up with my brother Donnie and his friend Travis who will join me for the rest of Virginia.

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My brother Donnie and Travis ready to hit the trail.

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