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I am tired, its been a demanding two days! Virginia is being a bitch!!
Last night the rain continued and continued. Around 4am it got cold enough and the rain turned to sleet and then finally snow. Woke up with a few inches of ice and snow on my new tent, not cool! It was really cold and the wind was icy.
So we decided to bail. Not the whole trip, but Grumpy and I have had enough of this crazy icky weather. We talked to the other two hikers that camped in our pine grove, they did not really have any thoughts for us. So we looked at our trusted handy dandy Guthooks app and found a General Store and Inn about thirteen miles ahead. So that was the initial plan, forge ahead, call when we have signal and get a room. All of our gear and hiking clothing were somewhat wet. I can deal with the cold, I can deal with the wet, I am not happy dealing with both!! Hypothermia is not my friend!! So about 15 minutes later as I hiked up to Buzzard Rock, I had signal, called and they had one room left. Clean living!!
Todays hike was tough, and not only the weather, it was very technical. You really had to hop from rock to rock. Since we had sooooooooo much rain, found out later we had over three inches, the trail had turned into a creek bed. Rei, Keats, Court and all the rest who participate in the Alfred creek walk or the August pre-start-of-school river walk will understand. At least nine of the miles today was an up and down creek walk, hopping from rock to rock!
I passed the blue blaze trail to the the top of Virginia highest peak, Mt Rodgers at 5729 feet. The book says there are no good views from the top. It would not matter, the weather would not permit! I did not go there, not a chance.
I reached Rhododendron Gap and the landscape is what I expect Siberia looks like, cold, all harsh, exposed rock, stunted pine trees and gawd awful winds. It had started sleeting again and the wind was fierce, always blowing, stinging my face.
Grumpy and I reached the place where we were suppose to call for our shuttle, no signal, rutrow!! We headed to the parking lot, still no signal. Grumpy noticed a car had people and was running, he went over and asked about signal, no dice. The couple, who I cannot remember their names, shame on me, were kind enough to drive us the seven miles to the Grayson Highlands General Store and Inn, very nice.
We got our room and have all our gear out to dry. Showered, laundered and bought beer and chips. We had burgers for late lunch and they were exceptional. Lastly, the owner, Dennis knocked on our door about dinner, we said yeah but were still waiting on our clothes to dry. He brought up dinner, lasagna, salad and freshly made bread, yum! This place is the bomb diggity! Grumpy and I decided to take a zero day tomorrow and just hang tight. The weather will improve late but early, the wind chill will be in single digits, yuck. Plus all that snow and rain will wreck havoc on the trails.
Maybe tomorrow I will soak in the tub with some Epsom salts, ahhhhh!
Later for now.