Diane and Tom drove me right to the trail head this morning after an incredibly wonderful zero day at their home. What a great visit and source of encouragement!! The next few days of hiking will be filled with glorious views of VA. The photo below was an unexpected clearing and rock outcropping the took my breath away. I am sitting on a rock enjoying a cool drink of mountain stream water and soaking in both the view and the sunshine. I am at mile 638.
Since VA is such a long state on the AT, I decided to divide it into 3 states. South Virginia ends at mile 648 -which means I will be 1/3 of the way through VA before the end of the day. I will be entering Middle Earth Virginia (Mid-VA for short). There are supposed to be Ents and Hobbits in the forests.