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Wednesday–June 9, 2021
Location–Trail Junction, Bryant Ridge, Blueblaze Trail to Parking, then Shuttle (by Nathan & Kimm) to Middle Creek Campground, Trail Mile 762.5
Two nights at Super 8. An enjoyable stay in Daleville. Quick stop at McDonald’s and we’re soon cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway headed for the Peaks of Otter Overlook. Another glorious hiking day in the making!
The AT crosses the Parkway at the Peaks of Otter Overlook. From here I’ll stay the trail, which follows beside the Parkway. After crossing at Mills Gap, the AT leaves the Parkway to climb Cove Mountain. More rocks to contend with, but Nathan and Kimm have provided me much nourishment since coming to support me, and the improved stamina I’m enjoying as a result has me dealing much easier with the rocks. Truly a blessing!
A final long uninterrupted climb and I’m near the blue blazed trail to the parking area. Nathan has hiked in to join me. It’s a short hike to his truck where he loads me and takes me to Middle Creek Campground for supper–then to the finest little cabin for the night.
Have you seen God in His splendours, heard the text that nature renders?
(You’ll never hear it in the family pew.)
The simple things, the true things,
the silent men who do things–
Then listen to the wild–it’s calling you.
I will be using MCCG s a base camp for hiking that region of the A T in early July. As a very senior (75+) hiker, do you have any writing, publications, etc. regarding senior hikers, hints, considerations, I am hiking with my sons, one of which is planning to connect many sections hikes into a thru hike.