Day 57 Mt. Rogers National Forest, VA Miles Hiked To Date: 539.5
Hiked that day: 17 Miles to Katahdin: 1644.7
First, there are some crazy blog comments ... and quite entertaining. If you haven't clicked on the comments and read them yet, you may be missing the full story. Currently, Spicy Jesus believes that if he leaves the same comment multiple times, it makes him the head Chipster. Not so, Spicy Jesus. You can be Assistant Head Chipster ...er, I mean Assistant to the Head Chipster. And, yes, if you keep stalking us, I'm sure you'll meet all of Chipmunk's loyal fans, including: Ellie, Gmom, Sheena & Phil, the editor, Captain Oblivious and of course, you already know Mayor. Hopefully, we'll all be together on or near Katahdin to celebrate. If not, on to the next adventure!
Second, a big thank you to "K Busy" whom I consider the "governor" of the AT. He not only patched the hole in my camper, he recently used Papa Chip's tools to fix the handle bars on my back that bent in a weird way when I backed up a little too close to a stone wall ... oops!
Most of them know the routine by now: load your packs into the upper bunk, the best smelling and smallest ride up in the cab with me, the rest pile onto Chipmunk's bunk, sit on the cooler, sit in the john or whereever else they fit. Today's crew was, from left to right: Wicked, Ghost and Cheesesteak, (2nd Row) male hiker whose trail name I forget, then Duct Tape, Teen Wold, Dutch, Doc Holiday (and in front of them) Valkyrie and Schnitzel and their beloved Chocolate Chip. I felt like I was a "coyote", bringing Illegals across the border! But, we all arrived safely and just in time for Wicked to bolt out and run to the rest room; I reminded him not to drink 3 coffees and a Red Bull without using a bathroom before a car ride! Had he ridden in the camper part, he might have been able to use my bathroom as we bounced down the road.
Chipmunk arrived about 1:30 pm and said she definitely could hike more. So, we chose to meet up at mm 539.5 at VA 615 "Lindamood School". After lunch, we both headed out on our own paths to there.
As we talked, I discovered that they, too, had a son hiking the trail whom I haven't met yet: "Hardtack". We exchanged trail stories and enjoyed the cool afternoon on the grass with one another. They waited to meet Chipmunk but eventually they had to pack up and leave. They made her up a bag of goodies, gave me their business card and hugged me goodbye. Little did I know then that the business card they gave me would come of use on a future day ... more about that later.
sack early. She's been putting the miles in lately and I wanted her to rest. We fell asleep to the sounds of the evening bugs, waking only to crank the
windows closed when it got into the colder part of the night. In the morning, Chipmunk checked out the Lindamood School before walking off into the tall grass
that brushed the bottom of her pack as she headed towards our next meet up spot at mm 554.0, VA 42 "O'Lystery Pavilion".
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