From May 9th:
Had a blast hiking as a trio this last week. Kyle’s long legs keep us moving at a swift pace. He is 6′ 4″ and so I end up having to take twice as many steps but I enjoy the challenge as not very many people can hike faster than me. When Green Beard and I get tired, we either give up and let Kyle go or relegate him to the back of the hiker train.
On May 4th we reached the 25% mark and on the 7th we crossed 600 miles.
Much of the last section included hiking through farm land.
We stopped for trail magic at this old school house from 1890. The list of punishments for rule breaking was a bit disconcerting. I would have received quite a few lashings for climbing trees and playing with the boys.
The weather here continues to be problematic. Although I don’t have any pictures of it the rain makes up about half of my time. Swollen creeks, muddy trails and damp gear is a constant battle. Thankfully it hasn’t slowed me down too much.
That’s from Lauren. I should have taken pictures of the rain. It’s needed rain but it’s been cool/chilly here. We’ve been on fluctuation of 40s to 90s, rain, no humidity to 90%. It does make things challenging.
Since we’ve warmed up, some other challenges are presenting themselves such as ticks and mosquitoes. I’m sure on the West Coast, both carry viruses of some sort. Here on the East Coast, we have West Nile and Zika from the mosquitoes (along with heart-worm for the pets) and ticks minimally have the Lymes disease issue with crops up often in this area. We are already experiencing a problem with both so the hikers will need to keep a watch out for this (http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/05/11/CDC-More-ticks-deadly-new-tick-borne-disease-coming-this-summer/4211494518650/)
While there is nothing romantic about these bothersome bugs, the seriousness of the infestation predicted for this year merits a better understanding. The above pictures of an embedded tick is not fun to look at. The “bull’s eye” around the tick needs to be paid attention to. It’s a sign of the tick carrying Lyme’s and treatment needs to happen quickly as Lymes, untreated can cause a lifetime of issues.
Give me the creeps to write about it.
Okay. So to more fun things. The crew continues to make great headway on this hike. Mile 600 puts them close to Pearisburg, VA. By the time this posts, they should be past Pearisburg unless they stay over.
A better picture or more global:
You can see the progress through VA they are making. Pretty incredible. Lauren provided some amazing pictures for this blog of the scenery she’s experiencing and I don’t feel the need to add more.
Until next time