16.4 into fort Montgomery (where west point is) for a cheap hotel night with nomad and witch Doctor. We passed 1400 miles, climbed bear mountain, and walked through a zoo. The AT takes you straight through the “trailside zoo” and even though I’m not a fan of zoos, that’s still pretty cool. The bear den at the zoo is also the lowest elevation point on the whole AT. I find this amusing after the difficult days I’ve just had. AYCE is a slave to the miles. He left town and went another ten miles. The three of us, however, ate burritos, got a six pack to go, and watched Bourne identity. It was the perfect hotel evening. Dried the tent, showered, did laundry. Done and done. Resupply in the A.M.
I never did get the Virginia blues that everyone warned us about, but I think I’m getting a healthy dose of it now. I’m glad I have witch doctor nearby on a regular basis, but the group is split up over a pretty big area, and I really miss people. It’s nice to know that people are nearby behind me for when I need to take some time off, but right now the trail feels a little empty. Feeling a bit homesick this week too. Doing OK, but every time I talk to folks at home I miss them a little more. Walking through the woods all day sure does make you think a lot. Love to everyone
Begin HikeMarch 1st, 2013On your mark, get set, go!