Journal 102-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

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Tuesday–June 1, 2021
Trail Day–102
Trail Mile–-15.9/1,057.4
Location–Clendennin Road, then to Angel’s Rest Hostel, Pearisburg, Doc Peppa, Proprietor
AT Mile 641.4

Sure glad I took the short roadwalk down to Woods Hole Hostel and stayed the night. A delicious supper and this morning, a fine breakfast–prepared by Ryan. Delicious, nourishing meals–thanks Ryan!

A short walk back up Sugar Run Road and I’m headed north again before nine-thirty.

The cobbed up boulders and rocks continue a fair distance till the trail finally turns onto another old wagon road, which it follows until the climb to Pearis Mountain–a steady 500-foot pull over the next mile.

The rhododendron, laurel, azalea, and wildflowers are making an amazingly colorful show today, and I’m kept busy reaching for my iPhone to try and capture the least of their colorful show.

Toward evening comes the precipitous 2,000-foot bail-off, down, down, and more down, to the New River at Pearisburg.

I had been worried about this bridge crossing, busy commercial traffic and only a narrow emergency lane my past three times through. But sometime since 2000 a pedestrian walkway has been added, keeping the hikers and 18-wheelers separated. In the past, the AT went right through Pearisburg. But now, after crossing the river it snakes under the four-lane to abruptly turn and climb right back up the mountain.

A 500-foot end-of-day climb back to the opposite ridge–time to give Hot Tamale at Angel’s Rest Hostel a call. A short descent to Clendennin Road and Pan comes right away to fetch me, then shuttle me back to Pearisburg. More about Angel’s Rest Hostel tomorrow–where I’ll be spending the next three nights.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

7 Comments on “Journal 102-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

  1. Seeing your photos of the beautiful flowers takes us back to our hike in ’98. We had the pleasure to meet you, hike with you and “break bread” with you.
    Due to prior commitments, we are unable to reconnect with you this year.
    Take care, safe hiking!
    Walrus and Roots


  2. 🤗So glad you’re making great progress. Your pictures and words are so inspiring. Looking forward to seeing you again at Flagg


  3. Wonderful photos – I like that you take the time to really see them and thoughtfully share them with the world. I like how you take it as it comes instead of trying to meet some schedule. Wish that our lives could follow that approach.


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