START: Stealth site Blackhorse Gap, VA
FINISH: Sarver Hollow Shelter, VA
DISTANCE: 62.1 miles (99.9 km)
DAILY AVERAGE: 31.5 miles (50.7 km)
TOTAL DISTANCE: 1509.6 (2428.9 km)
The Ghost who Walks: Due to increasingly shorter daylight hours, over the past two and a half months I have done more night hiking than in all of my previous twenty four years of backpacking put together. I have become so accustomed to hiking in the darkness, that I am beginning to feel a little like The Phantom, a.k.a. The ghost who walks. Indeed, all that’s missing is a four legged sidekick (I wonder if I could get Chester back?) and a full body length purple leotard. Not sure how local hunters would react to such a sight strolling down the trail. Maybe not so well. That being said, I’m sure the same outfit would go down a treat if I ever decide to attend Mardi Gras in San Francisco or Sydney. Actually, San Fran at any time of year would probably be ok.