May 20, 2017
Total Miles: 635
Planner, logjam, Lembas, Alex and I all made it to Pearisburg Wednesday afternoon. We resupplied on food, went to a Chinese buffet and had an intense conversation about what our next plans were going to be.
Trail Days is a festival for hikers. Food, Games, music, people to fix your gear, places to buy new gear, etc. etc.
Initially Planner and I were not going to go. We didn’t want to feel like back tracking and have to worry about a ride to Damascus where the event is held.
But once we got to Pearisburg and to the buffet a man named young Gandalf told us he was going to rent a car and could take us there.
Alot of our friends were going like logjam and yak and alot of people behind me that I might not see again are as well. I could feel myself leaning towards going back.
Planner and I discussed it and came down to the realization that this is a once in a lifetime event. It had been talked about since we started. And in the grand scheme of things. We have no deadline. So taking some days off and letting lose is something we SHOULD do.
So. We changed our minds, got a hotel in Pearisburg and went to goodwill.
Trail days calls for funky clothes. There was no better place to go to.
Upon arriving the were a TON of hikers, alot of smiling faces, and people were gushing with generosity.
We went to the fire station and had free yummy yummy food.
I absolutely love those guys it was so so so so so nice to see and visit with them again.
Friday morning we had more free food by one way ministries and downtown had free wash and massage of the feet by another ministry.
And yes. I definitely took part.
I spent the day lounging around and seeing so many people that I had met earlier on.
There is so much free stuff it is ridiculous. Literally. Amazing.
Its been a blast so far and will partake in a parade filled with us hikers. I’m pumped!!
We will head back to the trail tomorrow morning.
Iz and Oz