Carey Kish is thru-hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He is currently in Virginia. Entries from Carey’s trail journal are presented here. You can also follow his journey on Facebook.
June 16, 2015: Ashby Gap (US50) south to US522 (Front Royal), 20.0 miles, 9:15am to 5:30pm.
A big slack packing day! Arranged to have a local, Shellie, meet DB and me at 8:30 for a shuttle north to Ashby Gap for today’s 29-miler south back to here and another glorious night’s stay.
Eggs, sausage, toast and yogurt with mulberries and blueberries for breaky, fixed by our host Scott Jenkins. Then we were out the door and on the road. The shuttle was a heckuva deal for $20.
The best part of the day came early, with wonderful walking through the high meadows of Sky Meadows State Park. Mostly woods walking the rest of the day, which was all pleasant enough. Warm but nit too hot out, but incredibly humid. Will never get used to it.
Today’s route took us over three major hills, but no climb was more than 1000 feet. Lunched on a store-bought sandwich, chips and cookies at Manassas Gap Shelter in the company of many familiar thru-hiker faces,
South of VA55 and I-66, climbed up to the lovely open meadow that Fran and her niece and I hiked to Thanksgiving 2010. Finished off the big hike in good time, making straight for the at the hostel for several glasses of ice cold lemonade. Then grabbed my last beer and headed for the shower.
Later, Scott drove three of us, DB, Gary and me, into town to PaveMint, a new bar and restaurant with 33 beers on tap. Enjoyed a lager and a pale ale plus a good meal of crab cakes. Then it was over to Food Lion for a bag of groceries. Caught a magnificent sunset over the shopping center parking lot while waiting fir our ride back.
Finished this fine day with a few beers outside on the lawn and some good hiker company. Love this hostel, one of the best places I’ve stayed on the entire hike.