The Virginia Blues

Up, up and more up.
Rain, rain and more rain.
Late nights and early mornings.
Fording swollen creeks and streams.
Wet clothes (from rain and sweat).
Torn calf muscle and not being able to hike for nearly a week.
Burn holes in my sleeping bag (you wouldn’t believe me if I told you).
Rocks, rocks and more rocks.
And did I mention the rain, the ups and the sore muscles?!?!

It’s all been too much!!

Virginia has been described a couple of different ways–“the green tunnel”, “it’s so easy, you’ll cruise”, “it’s pretty level, it evens out”.  There are more miles in the state of Virginia than any other state along the Appalachian Trail, with nearly a third of the total miles.  We have already been in this state since May 20, almost a month, and we still have more than 250 miles yet to hike.

I’ve got the Virginia Blues.

I am sooo ready to be done with this state–So Ready.


About prairiedog2013

Grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but currently lives on Long Island, New York. Was a day-hiker years ago, but is now a thru-hiker. Loves living the thru-hikers life. She has hiked nearly 3,000 miles. Her hikes include the Northville Placid Trail (2011, 2012), the Centennial Trail in South Dakota (2012), the Appalachian Trail (2013), the Fjallraven Classic (2014) and many other trails.
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4 Responses to The Virginia Blues

  1. Doug Walter ( trailwalker) says:

    Yes, I remember the Virginia very well..It is a very long state , but beautiful vista all the way , but my time in VA was a very wet one too…If I remember correctly , out of the forty five I hike in Virginia it rain thirty days, not all day but ,rain hit part of the day ..I slipped and sled way too many times. but in the made it through without any serious injuries ..But hey, that what make hiking the AT , such a wonderful experiences and cherish the memories you make. If it was all sunshiny days , we definitely would get bored with it …Each day an adventure , no matter what happen .Enjoy it the fullest , you two ..

  2. So sorry! We hope things are looking better today. Mom and Dad PDi.

  3. Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and praying for quick healing and good weather! My “baby” went to her senior prom last night, she looked so beautiful, I am just starting to wrap my head around the fact that she will be going away to college in the fall. We miss you both, you will be in NY before you know it now! Just think, all of those PUDS are bringing you closer to us, Yeah!

  4. hope you leave Virginia soon. Take care you two.

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