Thursday, July 27, 2006

Day 69: 58 miles, Jul 26


This qualifies as one of the best days of the whole tour. The weather was perfect: 75 degrees and dry. The scenery was the best that the southern Appalachians has to offer: the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. And, it was all very familiar to me!

I lingered in town for quite a while. Damascus is a very cool little town of about 1000 people who, because of the annual Trail Days festival held on the summer solstice, are very likely to know a bit about what you're doing when they meet you.

My destination today was the lovely city park in Wytheville, VA. The picture is self-explanatory, though I'll point out that the white stripe, or "blaze," on the tree in the upper right-hand corner of the frame is the way the Appalachian Trail is marked for its 2167 mile length. And, no, the AT is not covered with gravel. This is just a place where it crosses a road with an area for parking. You don't really need a map to do the hike, though I did manage to get lost once....

That hasn't happened on this trip. Yet.

8 Comments:

Blogger Sharon Kay said...

Good for you!!!!! Matt sent a bulitan out to all his Myspace friends, and I was so excited to see what you are up to now! My husband is going to be so jealous of you when I tell him. When we met, he wouldn't stop talking about the App. Trail. I have a sneaky suspicion that I will ultimately have to go on it with him someday. Till then, I'll rub it in his nose that I have a friend who had been their, done that, and criticized the grammar and punctuation.. (hurrah for you, btw...I get upset at folks for things like that too.)
Have a good time...and I hope you don'g mind me reading your blog. Help yourself to mine, if you want.
sing on,
Sharon Kay

4:25 PM  
Blogger Sharon Kay said...

Good for you!!!!! Matt sent a note out to all his Myspace friends, and I was so excited to see what you are up to now! My husband is going to be so jealous of you when I tell him. When we met, he wouldn't stop talking about the App. Trail. I have a sneaky suspicion that I will ultimately have to go on it with him someday. Till then, I'll rub it in his nose that I have a friend who had been there, done that, and criticized the grammar and punctuation.. (hurrah for you, btw...I get upset at folks for things like that too.)
Have a good time...and I hope you don't mind me reading your blog. Help yourself to mine, if you want.
sing on,
Sharon Kay

4:27 PM  
Blogger Sharon Kay said...

well crap--- I din't proof-read but I posted on accidant..and NOW there's TWO posts..one is quite funny, seeing as how I said I get upset when folks mess up grammar and what-not...and then I go and not only misspell words...but use the wrong "there/their" AND IT ALWAYS BUGS ME WHEN I SEE that...and then I did it.
Oh well, that's what comes of typing too fast.

last comment, I swear.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Sharon Kay said...

I need to proof read...lesson learned.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Stanllie said...

I hope you're heading North on that trail Ollie! 58 miles in one day is pretty good. you just might make it up here in Massachusetts in time for the hitchin.
I can't wait to see you. I guess now we can consider you truly cosmopolitan. Maybe you can change your handle to "Cosmopoliollie"

3:19 PM  
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3:20 PM  
Blogger Sash said...

Today is Aug. 1st and the weather is brutal. Take care and jump in a lake or something...maybe there are some fish that need saving (you're their man!) :-) Just think, if you cry underwater, no one will know! ~Rodney

P.S. Keep up the good work, we at ECU love you, Olive!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Dear Oliver~

Greetings and salutations.
My name is Amanda and I live in Greenville, NC. On one of your adventures you met my brother, Justin, in Walnut, KS. He is now in MT and doing fine. He told me that I should look you up for a plethora of reasons, such as the chill factor and that you and my fiancee, Pete, maybe could get together and cycle.
We are still kinda new to the area but have seen some bikers around town.
Oh, the kitten story was great. I have a similar story but with a cranky turtle. Rock on and drop us a line.

Amanda & Peter
constantino.amanda@gmail.com

2:05 PM  

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