I’m sipping warm, beautiful, coffee. At the window I have a wide view of the valley, and the storm clouds rolling in. Pearisburg, Virginia. I have to leave you today.
A couple of my friends, Don Juan and Lt. quit the trail. I didn’t expect to stop here, but I needed a night to myself to process that. I needed to rekindle the fire I had when I stepped past the plaque at Springer.
Ladybug and Turtle Goat ended up bunking with me for the night, which was nice. We had a small party with some other hikers. I needed my time though, and when they packed up in the morning I stayed.
I spent the day enjoying the luxury of running water and wifi. I listened to music, drank heavily, and did some writing; activities crowded hostels sometimes frown upon. I also hit up Goodwill for some new clothes and a new charge cable for my MP3 player.
Feeling social again, I hung out with some hiker neighbors till dark. I was happy to see Blue (not to be confused with Blueman) back on trail. One neighbor was a girl headed southbound, and we picked her brain for knowledge of the north.
I got my best sleep on the trail that night, and packed my gear this morning. An email came in from my best friend, and though recharged, that further energized me for the day. It’s a hell of a day to leave town on!
One more cup before the rain. Stay well my friends.