It’s so nice to get a call from Lauren and Travis as Travis has joined her hiking. They were taking a “zero day” in Daleville, VA. Daleville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Botetourt County, Virginia, United States. The population was 2,557 as of the 2010 census, an increase of over 75% from the 2000 census, when the population was 1,454. It is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area. One of the county’s two high schools, Lord Botetourt, is located in Daleville. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daleville,_Virginia). While it appears to be a small town, Daleville has a lot “MacMansions” in the area around it.
Travis will hike with her until Lexington, VA. He’ll get off the trail. Travis, unfortunately, needs to return to Spokane and the real world. Lauren has been making such great time on the trail, Travis has to get from Lexington to Charlotte, NC (going back south) to catch his plane home. We are working on the logistics of getting him back to Roanoke to rent a car, if possible to save on money.
Lexington is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 7,042. It is the county seat of Rockbridge County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Lexington (along with nearby Buena Vista) with Rockbridge County for statistical purposes. Lexington is about 57 miles east of the West Virginia border and is about 50 miles north of Roanoke, Virginia. It was first settled in 1777. Lexington is the location of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and of Washington and Lee University (W&L). ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexington,_Virginia )
Lexington looks to be an amazing place to spend a day. There is a lot of history in the area. Lexington was named in 1778. It was one of the first of what would be many American places named after Lexington, Massachusetts, known for being the place at which the first shot was fired in the American Revolution. The Union General David Hunter led a raid on Virginia Military Institute during the American Civil War. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are buried here. It is the site of the only house Jackson ever owned, now open to the public as a museum. Cyrus McCormick invented the horse-drawn mechanical reaper at his family’s farm in Rockbridge County and a statue of McCormick is located on the Washington and Lee University campus. McCormick Farm is now owned by Virginia Tech and is a satellite agricultural research center. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexington,_Virginia)
They will be in the Shenandoah Valley which is one of the most amazing places on Earth to be on Earth. One of our goals has been to go there during peak color change in the fall. Here are some amazing pictures of the Valley.
While this is going on, Lauren is trying to upgrade her phone and if it can go wrong, it has gone wrong. Pretty crazy. Here’s a picture of her on the phone to me, while I’m doing the computer side of things. Logistics on the trail as Travis put it.
That’s all for now!