Day 45...the longest day

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Plant (David) and I got up with sunrise around 5:15 a.m. The previous night we decided that we were going to split every thing we needed in half, so we could both hike at our own pace and not have to worry about when we stopped for lunch, or to take care of other needs. It turned out not to matter since David hiked a lot faster today than any other day and was right behind me the whole time.

Besides being our longest day yet, the day wasn't so bad.

When we stopped for dinner, we did it at a picnic table on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  While we were preparing dinner, a man drove up and gave us some grapes and strawberries. They were fantastic. He told us that one time he carried out two pizzas on the trail to give some lucky hikers dinner.  We were very thankful.

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Once we were finished eating, I went ahead to find a camp site.  We did what you call stealth camping, which is where you set up an unofficial camp site on the side of the trail.  We got to 'camp' at 8:50 pm.

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Tomorrow we will be hiking into Waynesboro to meet up with my oldest sister Bonnie, her husband Riley, and my Great Aunt Astrid who lives there.  David and I are looking forward to seeing everyone, not only do we get showers, fresh food and clean laundry. We also have time, even if it's short, to visit with family and traveling companions. Bonnie and Riley will be hiking with us through Shenandoah National Park, which is about 100 miles of trail.  We will attempt to hike it in 5 days, so that they can get to Washington DC for the 4 of July.

Miles: 31.5

Location: Latitude: 37.92110, Longitude: -78.97083 

Hog camp Gap Camp site to about 31.5 miles north on the AT.