June 24-26, 2005: Highway 91 (Shady Grove, TN) to Damascus, VA
After having to leave the trail last year at Highway 91, I wanted to finish my planned trip to Damascus.
I arrived at the trail about 7:30 in the evening, and hiked to a campsite about two miles in. I didn't take any pictures, but it was a good little hike starting across a couple open fields and then entering the woods and finding the ridge. Pitched camp and was delighted with the performance of my little homemade alcohol stove (probably helped by my using a small camp kettle and lid I inherited from my grandparents). I erred in pitching the tent on a slope and didn't sleep well.
I started early and was impressed with my new water filter (another gift; this from my future in-laws) which worked easily to fill my 2 qt canteen and 1 l water bottle. Had a wonderful morning hike; until I reached highway 421 I had seen one hiker and two deer. Good ratio, to me. As the afternoon wore on I became more and more tired, and finally stopped after hiking about 12 miles for the day. I discovered much of my fatigue was probably because I hadn't eaten enough; a dinner of ramen noodles revived me considerably. I'll try to remember to keep up not only my water intake, but also calories; I'll have to figure out food that will appeal to me in the heat.