It was cold and windy when I woke up yesterday so I packed everything up quickly and started hiking fast to stay warm. The wind was a steady 25 miles-per-hour with stronger gusts. There were some nice scenic overviews but the clouds limited the visibility, so I just kept hiking at a fast pace.
After two hours I had covered seven miles and I reached my destination, Terrapin Station Hostel, after three hours. It was probably the fastest 10.5 mile stretch of hiking that I have done yet.
The hostel is run by Mike, a former thru-hiker, out of his home near Front Royal. He’s a very nice guy and does a lot for hikers.
I was able to shower, wash clothes, dry out my tent, and read. Later Mike took me and some other hikers into town to resupply at the grocery store and have an early dinner at Burger King.
The hostel was full so I was able to meet some new people and catch up with some I had not seen in a while.
Everyone is excited about getting to Harper’s Ferry soon. A big group of the younger hikers plan to take the train into Washington, D.C. to visit the capital for a few days. I’ve spent enough time in D.C. over the years so I am not going to join them.
I will get to visit family friend Jay Jordan in Harper’s Ferry and I am looking forward to that.
Today Mike is going to slack pack me and I will hike a little more than 24 miles, then spend another night at the hostel. The weather is supposed to be sunny and cool today with less wind, so it should be great for hiking.
I hope that everyone’s Memorial Day Weekend has gotten off to a great start!