Thursday, August 30, 2012
We made it into Waynesboro last night, reaching the southern end of Shenandoah National Park. The last 10 days since Harpers Ferry have been pretty beautiful hiking through the park. Felt great to get back up into higher elevation and the trails through the park were pretty well graded. We also got to see a couple bears, and surprisingly had the trail to ourselves. Except for weekend day hikers, the trail is virtually empty. It seems there's a pack of like 6 SOBOs about 2-4 days ahead of us, and we have no idea who is behind us. We heard some guy say most of the ~200 that apparently started from Katahdin have dropped out and now there's only a couple dozen, but that's just trail gossip so who knows. We also had a great stay with the Willenborgs (Thanks Pat n Deborah!) in Stanardsville where we took a zero day last Sunday. That was some much needed rest as my body was not still fully recovered from the 48 and we were feeling real tired in the days leading up to last weekend. After the zero we felt much better and cruised the few days hike to reach Waynesboro. There aren't many towns for awhile so this is going to be a bigger section through the Blue Ridge Mts - looking forward to getting back in the woods for awhile.