Pearisburg, VA to mile 658.2, Comfort Suites – 26.3 miles
We all eat breakfast together and then Linds and Ryder take me to Cross Avenue, where I left the trail yesterday. Ryder doesn’t want me to go; he wants to hike with me. I had looked at my guidebook previously to see if there is a stretch of trail between roads so that Ryder can hike with me, but there isn’t a stretch short enough. We assure him I’ll see him later today.
I feel lethargic. The first two hours of the day are climbing out of town. There is a lot of rocky, ridge hiking, which makes the pace a little slow. The weather is cool and windy. I’m not real focused on hiking since my family is here.
Early evening, the crew picks me up at a dirt mountain road crossing and we head to a Mexican restaurant for dinner. On the way down the road, we stop briefly at the mountain resort which was the setting of Dirty Dancing. It’s a nice little resort, but the huge lake is a sorry setting now. Only a very small area of the lake has water.
I’m very tired. It’s already after 10 PM as I write this, I need to get rest.