Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Journal Entry #85

Tuesday, June 21 - Day 89 -  1002.5 - Blackburn Center Hostel

Great nights rest at the Bears Den Hostel. We left about 7:30 this morning to head to the Blackburn Center but decided to hike to a place to have breakfast which was about a quarter mile past the Horseshoe Cafe where we had dinner last evening. Guardian decided he'd rather not hike on a full stomach so he headed off to the trail while Buffalo Bobby, Hobo & me hiked on for breakfast.

As we were passing the Horseshoe Cafe the owner, Jim Wink, was pulling in and we told him we were headed to the breakfast place. He drove up the road ahead of us and then came back and told us the other restaurant was closed (evidently they're always changing their hours). He then told us to get in and he take us to a place where we could get egg & bacon sandwiches, coffee, etc., made to order.

He did and then waited for us to finish so he could take us back to the trail head.  The breakfast was great and with Jim's help we were back to the trail in record time. Good Fortune continues.

We're now at the Blackburn Center Hostel which is another great place. We'll be able to have dinner here tonight. (We'll sit on the porch and wait for the bell to ring just like the O'Neil House). It's a wonderful place to just relax in the sun. We were able to take a shower and dry out our wet stuff once again.  We've been experiencing rain storms and high humidity every day for the last week and it's forecast for the next six days as well.

The short 8 mile hike was pretty easy and we were here by 12:30 even getting up late and having breakfast.

The big hiking events of the day were leaving Virginia (544 miles of it) for West Virginia and passing the 1,000 mile mark. They say a journey of a thousand miles starts with just one step.  I thought of that as I left Springer in March. It takes about 2.3 million steps however to actually get to the 1,000 mile mark.

Only 88 miles to the midway point, but first we'll take a break in Harper's Ferry.

More on Harper's Ferry tomorrow.
Love, Peace, Joy & Hope,
Trolley Stop

Hobo & Trolley Stop at the 1000 Mile Mark!

Blackburn Center Hostel - view from the bunkhouse

Getting dinner!

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