|Where it all began: my 'mile zero', Sept 15th and January 1st|
Near Blacksburg, VA to near the Peaks of Otter: ~76 miles
General Impression/Theme: This section contains the most scenic piece of trail in all of Central Virginia: Within 30 miles of trail the hiker passes sweeping vistas of Carvin Cove Reservoir and Tinker Cliffs, McAfee Knob and the Dragon's Tooth.
People: I did three of the ten day hikes in this section in September and met the first long distance SoBo hiker, 'Bobcat', doing a flip flop WV-ME, WV-GA. He had met 'Sharkey' up in Maine so was the first to clue me in to Sharkey's yo-yo attempt, the only other person doing the trail both ways this year. Back in January, when I hiked the other seven hikes, I met my very first long distance hiker, 'Free to Go' who did the AT NoBo in 1995 and was out training in preparation for a thru hike of the Continental Divide Trail starting in April. All the other hikers I met were New Years' holiday day hikers, including two who were members of the Roanoke AT Club.
Supply/Overnight: primarily the Daleville 24hr Kroger and the VA 311 trailhead parking lot near McAfee Knob
Worst Memory: Frostbite. As a result of the below zero wind-chills on January 2 and 3 both my cheeks developed minor frostbite, not the classic black skin, but enough tissue damage to cause redness, soreness, and oozing. It took more than three weeks to heal.
|Class three scramble up rock wall approaching Dragons Tooth|