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Appalachian Trail

  Start: 
VA 603 (Fox Creek)
  Finish: VA 601
  New A.T. Miles: 19.1
  Location: Mount Rogers Recreational Area in Virginia
 
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May 5, 2007

Well, another foggy start this morning. We've been stuck in a rut the last few days. This is the 4th day of overcast skies, fog, and rain. That's OK. I'll make the best of it. Lynn and Madison started today's hike with me.

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Getting ready to cross Fox Creek.

Lynn and Madison headed back. I headed off into the fog.

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I made my way up and over Iron Mountain.

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I made a slight detour to a new shelter. Hurricane Shelter is so new it isn't even on the AT map.

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There isn't much privacy at the privy.

The above photo is slightly exaggerated. There is one plywood wall right behind where I took the picture, but still, not much privacy here.

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This was a nice bridge.

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There was a pretty waterfall near the bridge. Unfortunately, my picture came out blurry.

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I made my way up to Dickey Gap. The trail intersects VA 650 by Route 16 here. Lynn and I had to drive by this spot this morning so I hid extra water and food here behind a tree. That way I didn't have to carry it all day. Fortunately, it was still there when I arrived. I decided to take a break at Raccoon Branch Shelter. When I got to the side trail. I noticed that the word 'No' was written above the word 'shelter' although you can't quite see it in the photo below.

I'm guessing this shelter was removed when the Hurricane Shelter was built.

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I decided to stop at the next shelter a couple miles up the trail.

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Trimpi Shelter is a couple tenths of a mile off the trail, but I checked it out anyway.

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There was no fence at this stile, so I just walked around.

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It was a nice break to come out of the woods for a while.

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Over another stile.

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Crossing the bridge over South Fork Holston River

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South Fork of Holston River

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I crossed a road where a couple of men were by a pickup truck.

"You must be a section hiker," one of them said.
"Yep," I replied.
"I figured," he said. "You don't have a long enough beard to be a thru hiker."

This was supposed to be my original stopping point for today, but I've been playing catch up the last couple days. Four miles to go and I'll be back on track. I usually end my hikes going downhill but not today. This last four mile section is almost all uphill. It's not steep, but anything uphill seems steeper at the end of the day.

I met Lynn at the top of the mountain at VA 601. I'm back on schedule. Best of all, it looks like the weather is finally going to clear, just in time to hike through Mount Rogers and Grayson Highlands with Sue and Jim tomorrow.

I passed another milestone today. I have less than 1,000 miles to go. It's still a long way to go, but it's nice to be looking at a 3 digit number instead of a 4 digit number.
 

 


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