Journal 111-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

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Thursday–June 10, 2021
Trail Day–111
Trail Mile–-14.7/1,195.8
Location–Petites Gap Road, then to Stanimal’s 328 Hostel, Glasgow, Trail Mile 772.2

Nathan & Kimm thought of everything while preparing their trip to Virginia to support me. This morning Kimm sets up their waffle maker right here in the cabin, then whips up some batter, and before I know it–hot coffee, waffles and syrup, all setting right in front of me!

We’re back on the Parkway early, hardly any traffic to speak of, and the views into the valleys, out and across the Blue Ridge Mountains–ahh, just what the Blue Ridge Parkway is famous for!

The hike today is going to be very demanding. Climbs this morning will approach 4,000 feet, and this afternoon, a thousand more.

As the day wears on and the climbing continues, thunder can be heard along Thunder Ridge. Soon the rain begins, the sky opens and the deluge descends. The day has warmed nicely, so I decide to just let the rain cool me down and soak me good, which it does–for over an hour. The trail turns to creek as I slog my way on up the mountain. “Keep climbing old man, just keep climbing.”

The thunderstorm finally ends, just before my hike ends. Nathan & Kimm are right here at Petites Gap to greet me then take me off the mountain to Stanimal’s Hostel in Glasgow. Evening, we have a fine dining experience at Scotto’s, the local Italian restaurant.

A very difficult and tiring day. Took two good tumbles. No serious injury…


Fall seven times, stand up eight.
(Japanese Proverb)

3 Comments on “Journal 111-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

  1. Glad to finally find my way to connect with your journey, Nimble Will. I’m not all that savvy in this technology age, but I’m learning, late though it may be.
    I heard about you too late in TN, so I missed you. I’m a trail angel there, and poet. Wished I could have had the opportunity to serve you, as you hiked through, and gotten to know you, personally. Would have loved hearing how you were enjoying your hike, first hand.
    Beautiful photographs, especially the wildflowers, one of them, I’ve never seen before, forth one down from the hostel photo.
    You’ve got heart as big as the mountain range you love, Nimble Will❣️May the Lord richly bless you, strengthen you for your journey, and keep you safe 🙂
    Marlene, the trail angel


  2. Sorry about the falls. I do down a lot as well. You are getting near my neck of the woods now. Sure would like to meet up just south of I-64 but it’s hard to tell when you will cross that part, so I might not get to see ya.


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