After the Highlands
Virginia is the largest state the AT crosses, spending over 550 miles in it's borders. After parting ways with Lisa and Joe in Grayson Highlands I headed north (duh) feeling a little behind. While I think I'm permanently behind certain people that I hiked with previously, I've also met some excellent new people have even begun hiking regularly with a small group of folks. Virginia has been a long, hard slog, and I've seen more people that I know get off the trail than I have. On the other hand, the views have been some of the most rewarding and I know the states will start to fall much faster when I get out of VA. I'm still feeling good, although spent the last two days off trail visiting with family/recovering from a stomach bug I caught somewhere along the way. It was great to see my new niece for the first time since I left for the trail, but I must say I felt pulled back to the trail the entire visit.
Anyhow, here are some photos from my last 3 weeks of the trail, with more info where needed.
McAffee's Knob, the most photographed spot on the trail.
Myself and fellow hikers John and Brooke took a side trip into Lexington to stay at a hiker friendly bed and breakfast. They treated us far better than we could've asked and gave us some time to explore Lexington, VA and the history there.