Day 65 Pearisburg, VA Miles Hiked to Date: 619.4 Hiked yesterday: 14 Miles to Katahdin: 1564.8
Yesterday, Chipmunk left on the trail early morning in the misty rain. It's been raining on and off for the last few days and she didn't look too happy to hike out in rain again. She's been feeling fatigued so we lowered her miles per day for two days to just 9-10 miles per day. Yesterday's planned hike was 14 miles and I hoped she would be able to do it and still be fresh enough to enjoy an evening with friends.
Once we all met up at the hostel, we walked the 1/2 mile up the dirt road to where the A.T. intersects. Near the top of the road, Chipmunk met us and we walked down the hill back to our vehicles. Chipmunk and Mayor immediately fell into the same stride and got caught up on all kinds of trail talk, while Spicy Jesus and I took pictures of them.
After dinner, Spicy Jesus surprised us all with GIFTS! He gave Chipmunk a lightweight solar charger that she can easily attach to her pack ... SWEET! Then he gave Mayor some new CD's she'd been hoping to get ... NICE! Then Spicy Jesus brought out a MacBook for me so that I can post my blog easier... SUPER SWEET NICE! I've been struggling with all the different parameters each library puts on their public use computers ... many designed to give me a headache and turn what used to be a 1 hour task into a 3 hour ordeal!
We started the Macbook up and Mayor showed me all the basics ... some of which I've already forgotten but know that she's only a text message away should I need a refresher. It's an amazing laptop and will certainly make life on the road better for me. Thank you, Mayor and Spicy Jesus! By the way, I also want to thank W.Rogers of the Philadelphia area, who helped them by refurbishing this laptop. When I cruise thru Pennsylvania, I'll be looking for Bill Rogers' little white sports car with the W. Rogers license plate. It never ceases to amaze me how many people have come together to make this adventure possible for Chipmunk, Papa Chip and me.
On the way up to the gap, Mayor stopped to see the Scottish Highland Cattle that slowly made their way to the gate so that we could pet them. They're awesome looking long haired cows that look like they have a 70's wild hairdo and might (according to Mayor) have a "Pauly Shore" accent as they saunter about the pasture. Chipmunk and I were cracked up by Mayor's impersonation of Pauly Shore and it felt like a great start to Chipmunk's 10 mile hike day. FYI, she'd prefer to hike further today but as we looked ahead in the A.T. Guide, we realized that she'd either have to hike 10 miles or 30 miles in order to reach a place where I could pick her up.
Today, I'm off to the mechanic to have a look at (and hopefully) fix the front brakes on the truck. Wish me luck!
FYI, we are trying to build support and maybe even get some sponsors to help in the expenses of Chipmunk’s quest to become the youngest solo thru hiker to complete the Appalachian Trail. We could use your help. If you enjoy reading the story of our adventure, and you’d like to send some “Trail Magic” to Chipmunk, click on the “Donate”button at the upper left of today’s blog post. Feel free to forward our website link (or email updates) to your family, friends, co-workers, etc, (www.ridethenation.org). Chipmunk maintains a twitter account: @openlymtngoat where a common hashtag is #GoChipmunk and she can receive personal messages directly to her email: firstname.lastname@example.org. She or we (email@example.com) will try to answer any questions you may have about her hike and this family adventure.
Thanks again for all your support,
Mama Chip, Papa Chip, Chipmunk and her dog, Chocolate Chip
(Tammy, Jay, Neva and Coco)