Yesterday, Tom was able to hike with Stella after a week and a half of rain. The guys finally hiked out of Virginia. Virginia has the most AT miles for one state. Then they crossed the Shenandoah River into Harper's Ferry West Virginia.
Today Tom and Dustin crossed the Potomac River from Harper's Ferry into Maryland and ended at Fox Gap, part of the South Mountain Civil War battlefield. We are camping just 20 minutes from Antietam Battlefield. There are a lot of historic sites near the AT. Tom wants to come back to this area in the future to check out all the history.
The guys reach 1,000 miles today. They had to hike through the "Rollercoaster", which was nothing but big rocks for 14 miles. Tom saw a baby copperhead today.
It has been some of the toughest hiking this last week with a lot of rock scrambling. However, Tom and Dustin have hit the 1/3rd mark of the Appalachian Trail. They climbed to McAfee knob, crossed the James River, and hit 800 miles. Tomorrow we will be in Shenandoah National Park.
This last week the trail was not as tough as the previous two weeks, but the weather made it equally tough. We entered Shenandoah National Park on Father's Day and hoped to be out on Friday. Unfortunately, we lost two days to cold weather, 60-mile hour winds, several inches of rain, and several fallen trees. It has rained for the past eight days, making Shenandoah not such a fun experience. We were happy to leave the park today. We hit 900 miles earlier in the week, and we'll hit 1000 miles on Tuesday.
It was awesome to get to the 700-mile mark. I the past few days the guys have had some tough hiking but, were able to get 100 miles done in less than a week. We all took a moment to visit the Audie Murphy plane crash site Monument. He was the most decorated soldier in US history, an author, movie star, and singer songwriter. If you don't know who he is, please take a few seconds to look him up.