Buena Vista, VA to Waynesboro, VA.
Central Virginia has been tough! From now on I’m not believing anyone when they describe the upcoming trail terrain as easy and instead trusting the “wisdom behind my ears”! The long stretch of ridge line became progressively rockier and rockier with a few long climbs. My brother Donnie “Baby Steps” has been out hiking with me for last two weeks. We are taking a zero day and resting in Waynesboro VA, the southern entrance of the Shenandoah National Park. The Virginia Blues are kicking in and the green tunnel affect of the trail plus the rocky terrain are becoming monotonous day in day out. It will be nice to have a new section, The Shenandoah National Park, ahead of us to finish off the rest of Virginia. Here is a brief summary by “Baby Steps” of our hike from Buena Vista, VA to Waynesboro, VA.
It’s strange to think that I’ve now gone over 100miles on the trail with J-Dub, but there’s a lot more to come! We had a couple light days coming out of a tough 3,000ft climb from Buena Vista and even made a stop at an area hostel called The Dutch Haus where I found myself casually eating dinner in a robe, sometimes life is good. The Dutch Haus offered slack packing, or taking only a day pack and getting dropped off a certain distance ahead to hike back, and we took them up on the offer to hike about 21miles. While this took the 35lbs packs off of us and made the hike up Three Ridges a little smoother, the hike up the backside of The Priest was incredibly steep and super exhausting, especially since we hit it at about 1pm with the mid-day heat. Whoever actually thinks that Virginia is flat, I hope you enjoy the prairie land of New England because I hear that place gives Nebraska a run for it’s money. After the slack packing, and some night hiking to find a camp ground, we pushed the last 15miles into Wanyesboro the next day for a resupply and a quick break before moving on into the Shennies! – BabySteps
Some hikers are jokingly known out here as hiker trash. I’m not sure how the term came about but I imagine it’s due to the dirty disheveled appearance, transient ways, dropping out of society to hike, loitering and bingeing on food and drinks in town.