Today I walked further than any day so far, 31.5 miles. I didn’t plan to walk so far but i started at 7:00 a.m. and the trail conditions and weather were so good that I just kept going until 6:00 p.m.
As I left Harper’s Ferry I crossed over the Potomac River footbridge into Maryland and then walked for several miles in the C&O Canal Towpath. I passed several interesting monuments including one to war correspondents at Gathland State Park and another to George Washington at Washington Monument State Park.
I ended the day at The Free State Hiker Hostel which is in the home of 2006 AT thru-hiker Ken Berry. Ken works as a physician’s assistant and when he hiked the AT he raised over $20,000 for the Hagerstown Community Free Clinic.
Tomorrow morning I will cross into Pennsylvania, which is known for its extremely rocky trails. I have no idea how far I’ll go tomorrow but it’s not likely to be as far as I went today.
Here’s a photo of the bridge I crossed over the Potomac River this morning.