Day 54 - Marion, Virginia
Tenacious Bling got sick last night.
After getting back from supper @toesalad and I went for a long walk to talk about my pent-up frustrations with losing my routines around writing and blogging, my frustrations with hiking in general. This was more hard conversations, that carried over from earlier in the day as we hiked to Mt Rogers Visitors Center.
We came back to the motel at midnight with a few things resolved, at least for now, and shortly after we arrived, Tenacious Bling came over to the room (she had been sleeping in Nana & Papa's room) with complaints of not feeling well.
She puked and dry heaved from 12:30 till 4:30. It was exhausting for all of us. I felt so bad for her. We all managed to sleep from 4:30 to 7:30am. And @toesalad helped calm Tenacious Bling down as she was very distraught and anxious in her discomfort.
Even before Tenacious Bling got sick last night we had decided to take a zero today in Marion to help relieve the post-Damascus stress and fatigue.
@toesalad and Tenacious Bling spent the day sleeping in the darkened motel room. I shopped for the day's food, did internet work, paid bills.
Otter spent the day with Papa and my dad helped us with our mail drop and supplies. I tried to take it easy while also managing laundry and tending to sick and recovering family members.
We're all going to bed early tonight to get as rested as possible before we get back on the trail tomorrow.
Day 53 - Trimpi Shelter to Mt Rogers Visitor Center (Marion, VA)
Experienced a wild thunderstorm last night at Trimpi shelter. Tenacious Bling was frightened.
Rain splashed into our tents during the night from the hard packed earth we were forced to camp on having arrived in the dark and without many options for better site selection. We slept-in this morning till 7:30 because our late arrival last night. The very wet ground and our dirty tents dampened our moods once we did get up.
We hiked to Marion today. Terrain mostly uninspiring but also fairly easy. While the kids hiked with their grandparents @toesalad and I had some hard talks about marriage, hiking, and life direction.
Arrived at Mt Rogers Visitor Center just after 2pm and met up with YWAM again! We took the Marion Transit bus shuttle into town and paid .50 per person.
We checked into the Travel Inn Motel and went to Yummy Yummy Japanese Restaurant to celebrate Padawan's birthday, she's 15 today. We got a cab to take us back to the motel. It feels strange to be in a civilization as a family without a vehicle.
Mt Rogers Visitor Center, chatting with @ungerwhere and Shekinah, while we wait for our shuttle into Marion.
Day 52 - Wise Shelter to Trimpi Shelter
Our first 20 miler!
We had a full and eventful day, starting in the middle of the night when a mouse landed on my mom while she was sleeping.
We left Wise shelter this morning well rested and ready to hike.
The day was a bit humid but not oppressive.
Around noon we decided to go the hiker feed tonight in Troutdale, so we hiked a decent pace this afternoon to catch a shuttle at Dickey Gap to take us into "town". There is no town here that I can tell, just a cluster of houses.
There were a lot of hikers on the church property, which includes the hostel, shower and bathroom facilities, and a large covered structure for outdoor eating and gathering.
The church served a huge meal and the pastor preached a fairly straight-up gospel message.
I had a free shower (with towels supplied) and felt wonderful.
The YWAM team gave us a ride back to the trail and by this point it was after 7pm. Our plan was to hike the roughly 2 miles to the Bobby's Trail campsite. But we missed it in the dusk and decided to keep hiking the full 4.1 miles to Trimpi shelter.
We put on headlamps and hiked the last part in the dark. We didn't arrive till after 9:30 and we had to set up camp, consisting of three tents, in the dark.
It was a long hike today but everyone was in good spirits anticipating the hiker feed, enjoying the easy terrain and feeling good about conquering our first 20 miler.
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