I woke up early as my alarm was telling me to get up, so I quickly switched it off.
I eventually woke at 8 am got up put on the coffee and stepped into the shower .
After stepping out I watched garbage on the tv and then decided to write some postcards.
Eventually I managed to pack up and leave. I walked back to reception and checked out They also took my postcards so that was a result .
I was just about to hike out when
“Hey snail have you had the breakfast?
So about turn and I headed to the restaurant .I dropped my pack and then I was shown to a table.
What would you like to drink sir asked the server
Orange Juice and Coffee please I replied .
I then made my way to the hot counter and loaded my plate before returning to my table.
I drained my Coffee and juice before ordering more .
Time for seconds so I headed back to the counter .Okay one more juice then I must go as it was already 10am.
Omg it’s late and I want to visit the next town and post my tourist stuff to my friend in Texas.
At last I was leaving the Compound , I pushed on it was 7 miles to the road and then I need to hitch.
The morning seemed to whizz by, maybe it was a good night’s sleep in a real bed .
Ping went my phone. cool I am doing well, and the miles were falling. occasionally I stopped to get a view of the countryside
Eventually I reached the road or rather the main entrance to the park. I walked out and to the Ranger booth to ask which way I needed to head.
I walked to the road and held out my thumb. Soon I was heading into Luray.
The couple dropped me at the post office. I thanked them as they drove off.
Once inside the post office I had to almost dismantle my pack as the stuff that I wanted to post was typically at the bottom. I choose a box then put all my excess gear into it and posted it up the trail.
Once done I really needed a pee so visited the train museum as it was the nearest. It was really interesting .
I asked if they had a AT stamp but sadly not
Okay chores done; I need to get back to the trail . As I walked back to the. freeway the rain returned Bloody great.
I walked to the on ramp and held out my thumb.
I was lucky as I was picked up by a Ridge runner and so I learnt a great deal on the journey back.
She was off to the first shelter to do some maintenance and had her saw and secateurs.
we walked together for a while, but I was faster and so said my goodbyes and took off.
I was heading for Elkwallow wayside . I was Hoping to get there by 4.Have supper and hike on . As I pushed, I began to hear the distant rumbling of thunder occasionally I got a light sprinkle of rain even though the sun was shining with all its might.
I began to hear voices, but I couldn’t make out what direction they were coming from .Then two hikers appeared from behind me . One was Bob Narley, but I hadn’t seen the other before
Hey man how are you doing .
See you at the wayside.
It was about an hour later that I arrived at Elkwallow wayside.
I dropped my pack and went inside . I ordered the chicken strips with fries, a lemon soda, milk shake and 2 beers .
I went outside to eat my dinner, I had just sat down when the sky turned black .I quickly devoured my food and just as I had finished the heavens opened and it threw it down.
I sheltered under the veranda., hoping it would soon stop .
It rained and it rained . and it just kept on raining
FUCK FUCK I can’t put my tent up.in this.
I sat in despair staring at the rain Bob and his companion appeared
“This is not good Snail”
I totally agree, I wanted a few more miles I replied
They had planned on hiking to the next shelter at least another 6 miles away. They are fast but it now so dark .
We watched as they shut up the shop and locked everything up .including the rest rooms (toilets)
So we cant stay in the loos then, we all laughed .
I really wanted to camp right here but it’s prohibited (Naughty lol.)
The rain eased a little, so I left my pack with my fellow hikers and went for a recce.
Just to the right was a picnic area that’s perfect for me .
I went back and retrieved my pack,
I’m going to crash just up there” I said ,
I then said my good byes and headed back to my campsite
I found a good spot and managed to put up my tent quickly without everything getting too wet.
I hung my food bag, as I had eaten loads, there was no need to cook so straight to bed .
Mileage 17 miles .