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Mar 29, 2018 - AT Hike Days 34 - 43. Erwin TN to Damascus VA 126.5 miles

3/21. Erwin to Cherry Gap shelter 359.8. 17.1 3/22. Cherry Gap to Hughes Gap 372.3 12.5 3/23. Hughes Gap to Overmountain shelter 384.5 12.2 3/24. Overmtn to Mountaineer Shelter 402.5 18.0 3/25. Mountaineer to Black bear hostel 418.4. 15.9 3/26. Black bear to 1/2 mile past Watuga Shelter 429.5 11.1 3/27. Watuga to 1/4 mile past monument 444.5 14.7 3/28. Monument to 1 mile past Abingdon Shelter 460 15.5 3/29. Abingdon to Damascus 469.2. 9.2 We left Erwin in light snow and hiked an 11 hour day, with light snow turning into heavy snow,...

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LUCKY 58

Jul 21, 2017 - Day 72 - Day Off

We both had a wonderful, relaxing day at Laurel Springs RV Park in Damascus, Virginia. I caught up on paperwork and Nancy caught up on correspondence and cards. We both watched old episodes of "Longmire". The only time I was on my bike was to ride to town to get Subway sandwiches for lunch.

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Jul 20, 2017 - Day 71 - Council, KY to Damascus, VA

Today’s venture from Council to Damascus, Virginia was a glorious, dog-free 51-mile ride with 4,610’ of ascent. Damascus, population 797 at an elevation of 1,952’, is known as Trail Town USA due to the convergence of four scenic trails in the town, including the Appalachian Trail, U.S. Bicycle Route 76, The Iron Mountain Trail, and the Virginia Creeper Trail. Damascus also is on the route of the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail and the Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail. Damascus is the home of the annual Trail Days festival, which is held in...

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May 20, 2014 - Trail Days

It has a population of 810, no traffic lights and 19 churches. Two very popular trails run through this small town: the Appalachian Trail (AT) and the 35 mile Virginia Creeper trail which is a rails-to-trail trail. If you can guess, we came here to cycle the rails-to-trail. However, our visit happened to coincide with the town’s biggest event called Trail Days. The event is primarily geared for the through-hiker along the Appalachia Trail but there was something for everyone: music, vendors selling outdoor gear, lectures, BBQs sponsored by...

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Jun 11, 2013 - 3 States Down!

We've hiked through GA, NC, and TN for about 467 miles! Sounds like a lot...but we still have so far to go! We've hiked quite a bit ahead of the others we started with, but now the trail is a bit lonely. We are about 20% done with the trail. We stopped for our second zero day in Damascus...and it's a good thing because the weather has not been nice to us. In the last week we've hiked through about 4 days of rain. It rained all last night too. We were grateful to finally have some shelter from it. We've discovered that the worst hiking...

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May 16, 2010 - Trail Days, Damascus, Virginia

I want to make some censuring comment like TV and movie ratings--for around the bend audiences only--or something like that. The story I am about to tell and the pictures posted will seem like something from another planet to most of my readers. Let me just say that the RV lifestyle is not anything like the long-distance hiker lifestyle. Viewer discretion may be advised. As a point of reference, like RVers and their rallies, hikers have their special events, as well. There are several, of course, and the different long trails have their...

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Scratchin' the Itch

Mar 31, 2008 - Damascus, VA

We took a side trip to Damascus, VA the other day. We hadn’t been there since our AT trip in 2005. It brought back some real memories. We walked 10 miles down the hill from Abington Gap Shelter into Damascus by noon on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. In hiker terms, that is a 10 x 12, and that was the best time we have ever made anywhere on a hike. I had hiked so many miles along the Tennessee/North Carolina border that I didn’t think I would ever get to Virginia. Then, all of a sudden, there it was. I almost knelt down at the state...

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Oct 21, 2006 - Made it to Virginia

Thoroughly enjoyed the Grand Ole Opry Friday night. The pictures aren't the best in the world, but they are still a record for us. We got on the road around 8 AM and headed toward Knoxville where we ran into all the University of Tennesse and Alabama football traffic. What a joy. It was a gorgeous day today and made the Fall colors more beautiful. Headed north on Rt 81 into Virginia. We're camping next to a golf club, on top of a hill overlooking the mountain range. It's so peaceful. Tomorrow we're off to Lexington and the Blue Ridge...

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