May 1, 2000

Laurel Creek Shelter, Va 17 Miles Hiked Today 654 of 2167 Miles Hiked Total

Virginia's forested ridgesToday was a good day for hiking. It was warm, sunny, and fairly scenic. I also experienced more Trail Magic. I was standing on the side of a gravel road looking at my data book when a truck, driven by a guy in a camo shirt, stopped in front of me. I of course assumed the worst, since he was blocking my path and wearing camo, but spoke with him anyway. After a few minutes I learned he was just out for a drive but had to get home to take care of his two handicapped parents. He was also, while talking, looking for a Dr. Pepper to give me. He never found it, but after looking in the truck bed, did find a 20 oz. Mountain Dew. He wouldn't take no for an answer and even tried to give me the pudding out of his lunch. I wouldn't take it. He said he "always tries to help out hikers, with a ride or whatever." I learned a lesson in stereotyping which may have been the real Trail Magic.

Nothing else eventful happened today. saw some deer; met Vegas, Virginia Turtle, and Soul Trek; caught up to Snax, Boo-Boo and Tang (Wolf is off-trail); relaxed a lot on breaks. I'm worried about Snax because his dad is going to have heart surgery. Snax is worried, and may have to go home.

Lastly, yesterday I met a sobo (south bounder) from South Africa! She, Penguin, hiked Maine to Shenandoah National Park in 1995 and is finishing now.


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