Virginia, finally

Made it to Damascus, Virginia after a 24 miles (38 km) hike yesterday, zero day nr 4 today. Totally we have done 469 (478) miles/ 765 km in 34 days. 

Resuming what was most non-expected during the first month on the trail:

1) Rhododendron: we’ve seen 1000x more Rhododendron bushes than so far in our lives. Had no idea that the Southern Appalachians are that full of Rhododendron.

2) No trail magic: have’nt seen any trail magic for more than 3 weeks. Yesterday there was a sign which announced a box provided by a Baptiste church but inside there was only scrap and empty cans.

3) Ups and downs: was aware that it’s a lot of climbs and descents but reality is even harder. Long climbs are fine, this is a fair deal you prepare for, but all these 10-20 minor ups and downs every day are really hard.

4) Changing weather: snow, hail and icy rain on Roan Mt, sun and almost 30 C 3 days later.

  

    

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3 thoughts on “Virginia, finally”

  1. Bitte poste ein Rhododendron-Foto!
    hochachtungsvolle (erstmals schreibe ich dieses Wort von Herzen und ohne Ironie!) Grüße

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  2. Ihr habt wohl die Wanderung nach kurzer Zeit abgebrochen?
    Auch ein (sehr schnelles) Scheitern ist es wert, ein paar Zeilen darüber zu verlieren!
    Ansonsten hättet ihr euch den gesamten Blog sparen können!

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