Day 80 Leaving Harper’s Ferry

Thursday 28th June

I didn’t rush to get up as there was breakfast to eat.

I walked into the kitchen and faced a huge pile of waffle. I grabbed a coffee and orange juice and sat down a d began to tuck into the waffles . first smear it with butter then sliced banana over it then pour on the maple syrup. Then devour and repeat and repeat twice more . wash down with orange juice and more coffee

Once full I went and packed up it was getting late and by the time I had left it was just past nine and all ready hot

I called in st the lost office just in case ..Nope nothing then made my way to town calling in at the AT Center. several more hikers that I recognised. were posing for photos. I heard one day about a post card. Omg I didn’t get one of those I said to one of the staff members .

In two minutes I had 2 postcards of me

one I sent to myself and the other is in my pack.

I finally made it to town and decided that I ought to buy a hat as it was getting so HOT so an impulse buy but I felt happy.

Okay where is the trail . I made my way down to.the river and found a blaze. it went over the railway bridge so after a few photos I began to cross. Once on the other side the trail follows the old canal route. So it was flat for several miles.

On the other side is the railway and to my right the lol xxx river . So I was walking On the old towpath.

It would be lovely to see the old canal working again. but it will take thousands possibly millions but maybe one day.

As I walked along I was fascinated by the wildlife and in parts of the disused canal I watched turtles swimming and sunbathing. Finally the trail turned right and crossed over the railway line then imeaditly began to climb. But I’m.pleazed to say the climbs seemed brief.

As I climbed I met many families out for there morning walks. Most of the day I spent in the woods trying to avoid the muddy boggy stretches.

I pushed on untill I decided to stop for a break and snacks. I didn’t stop long as I wanted. more miles due to starting so late. I began to climb another small hill when I stopped their was a huge snake on I g across the trail . I don’t think he was a bitety snake. But I waited for him to move .

The sun was now baking and there seemed less cover here.

Around the next corner there was a Australian woman we chatted for a while. I was going to Rocky gap shelter but she said 2 more miles and its the campground with a hot shower.

she’s I can do that I said to myself and set off. I shortly passed my origin destination and pushed on the miles seemed to go by quickly as I soon saw tents.

I entered the campground there were several friendly faces. The tent pads are gravel with a picnic bench and fire ring . I choose the end pad and putup my tent. then went and grabbed a shower. Whilst walking back I noticed Dog whisper so I said I’d hoi. him for dinner.

As soon as I joined them bubble bee appeared out of her tent. and also joined us

it was great to catch up with the trail gossip . I then tidied up and returned to my tent.

I was rudely awoken by some inconsiderate hiker whom had drunk too much and was high. zero decided that he wanted to cook dinner at 11pm

The common code on the trail is at 10pm you go to sleep and shut the fuck Up. so I wasn’t impressed. It was more that his red headlight was shinning through my tent.

so after several choice words he finished. about then another couple began giggling and laughing. that the Australian Lady told them to shut the fuck Up and go to sleep.

Oh happy days

Start 1024.8

Finish 1051.9

Miles 17.1

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