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City: Hudson
State: Ohio
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 13, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Apr 21st, 2018
Start: Lick Creek
End: Laurel Creek
Daily Distance: 20.8
Trip Distance: 594.7
Daily Ascent: 4779
Daily Descent: 4881
Entry Lat: 37.10332
Entry Lng: -81.201759
People Met: 3

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 421
Journal Visits: 23,450
Guestbook Views: 379
Guestbook Entrys: 31

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Gods Thumbprint

Criminal Minds

Last night I slept pretty well, I just had to pee three times!! Woke up it was pretty darn cold. I think being in the bowl valley next to the big stream made it colder. I hit the trail by 7:45am.

As stated yesterday, the hike started with a long climb, it was not too bad. Warmed me up pretty quickly. I broke my hiking pants down to shorts and took off my rain coat. My rain coat is by far my most important piece of clothing, I have worn it almost everyday. Anyway, near the top of the climb it opened up into a Bald, which surprised me, was not expecting that. At the top is the Chestnut Knob shelter which supposedly is the only one with a door. Most are just three sided structures, some might have a heavy tarp covering the fourth side.

Just past the shelter is a wonderful view of the highest valley in Virginia, nicknames Gods Thumbprint. It really looks like a thumbprint, there are low ridge lines surrounding it in a roundish shape! Historically, some dude named Davis decided to plant potatoes in the valley and they grew well. Now the whole valley is a set of farms. For the next seven miles I walked along those ridge lines up and down and around half the thumbprint. The trail was littered with rock, making most of todays hike tricky, bruising and difficult.

Things got weird. I was coming down off one of the ridges toward a road. Right before, there was a teepee style tent set up and a bunch of stuff around, a small old dog came up and I scratched him behind the ears. Three cars were parked right there. I was crossing the road when someone called out to me. He was walking out of the woods to my right, sort of behind, other side of ridge, where I had just come. He had found a daypack back there, actually two in a garbage bag. He left one, which he said was filled with food. The other he had with him. He introduced himself as Gary and offered me a water refill. He opened the front of the pack he found and pulled out a wallet with money, and a cell phone. We were both convinced something was not right so I suggested he call the police. Well he did not have a cell, so I called 911. I told the story quickly and they said they would send the sheriff. She told me to keep my phone on, he might want to talk to me. Grumpy showed up by now and Gary offered some food items from his trunk. Normally he makes breakfast and lunch items but it was past that time when I came thru. Anyway I am convinced something bad happened to the owner of the packs. I have the persons name from his drivers license and plan to do some research. Later, right before bed, another hiker, Beast set up camp at our site and he told me a state police officer was talking to Gary when he walked by.

Grumpy and I said our goodbyes to Gary and continued, we still had another 9 miles. This afternoon I felt we hiked our first set of PUDs, pointless ups and downs! It felt as if we could of found a much easier way to get where we needed to go!! We finished the day with a three mile leg, a mile up steep, 700 ft of up, a mile flat and a mile down. At least the last three miles were on a nicely graded trail.

We found the campsite and set up our tents. We walked back to the creek which is pretty wide and flowing great. We filled and filtered our water and I stuck around. I took off my shoes and socks and soaked my aching feet. The water was nice and cold! Afterwards I used a bandanna to wash off the grime off my face, legs and arms. It felt great!

Back to camp to eat dinner, talk about the day and plans for the next couple of days.

As I was getting ready for bed, Beast showed up, then two other guys at another campsite up trail two minutes showed up and we yapped. I am now back in my tent writing this.

Tomorrow is an 18 mile day.

Later for now.

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Appalachian Trail - 2018

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more:


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