Day 29, 5/4: M-486, Near Lost Mtn Shelter (17mi)

It was a leisurely morning, but since we are used to getting up early we were walking over to Mojoes for breakfast by 7:30 for some of their great food. This is Pharmacist (his mom sent him off with a lot of Meds) showing off a couple of his many plates.

We headed out of town on the Virginia Creeper Trail, a well known rail trail that attracts a lot of visitors. It’s very civilized with bathrooms, benches and garbage cans every so often.

Walking over one of the many old railroad trestles.

The beautiful Laurel River accompanied us most of the way today.

We are still in the lowlands but will be hiking over the highest point in Virginia tomorrow, Mt. Rogers.

Lots of moss all over the trees and rocks.

This is a black Rat snake which are fairly common on the AT around here. This one didn’t even flinch and almost looked like a toy. Some of them can grow up to 8′ long.

These were some folks we met while admire ng the snake. They were out riding the Creeper Trail for the day.

We were camped among the spruce trees again on a soft pine needle floor…perfect!

This is John. He is my personal trail angel for finding my wool cycling sleeves which I wear almost everyday (he’s holding them). I accidentally dropped them from a pocket on my pack several days ago and he saw my plea for help in the shelter register (with my phone #) to keep an eye out. He was hiking southbound on a weekend trip and stumbled upon them…Then was nice enough to send them ahead to me. I hope to be reunited with my sleeves on Sat…thanks John!

This is a video of Laurel Falls from two days ago:

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