From dawn to dusk – The trek


Day 114

A very powerful thunderstorm passed through and a huge thunderbolt struck nearby. Heavy rain fell and flooded the outer edges of the covered shelter. Eventually, around 3am, the rain died down and we were thankfully pretty dry. We woke up happy to see starry skies then headed out to McAfee Knob under the headlamp.

We reached the top a little before 7am and couldn’t believe we had it to ourselves for sunrise. It’s a very popular spot for local hikers (think Franconia Ridge). It was a great place to have breakfast and coffee while watching the colors of dawn fill the sky.

We finally pulled away and the trail continued south for several PUDs. Finally, we reached our most technical climb in Virginia, the summit of Dragons Tooth, a unique rock outcrop. These three landmarks; Tinker Cliffs, McAfee Knob and Dragons Tooth makeup was known as Virginia’s Triple Crown.

Views were limited on the way down, but we passed through lots of farmland and cow pasture. The cows looked at us then returned to chew grass.

Following a good postal experience in Daleville, we took up a challenge. Hayley had ordered new shoes to send to Pearisburg. It has been several days and we had not received any shipping information. We got cell service and contacted the seller to find out they no longer had the shoes in stock. The manufacturer would ship them direct but had no shipping information at this time. Due to the delayed delivery, we have canceled the order and will need to come up with a contingency plan. That’s why during the northern part of the trail we relied so much on family to support us, because it’s much easier to coordinate.

As we started to climb up the ridge line the wind picked up and the temperatures dropped. The next few days will be very cold and the nights should drop below freezing. We hiked until dusk and set up camp just before dark. The colder temperatures forced us into the tent early and we snuggled into our warm sleeping bags. It was a long but satisfying day!

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