|Eric's birthday bouquet with next day's lunch|
I've often heard Eric express his gratitude for the chance to spend the day on the mountain, moving through space under his own power, up and over mountains, across streams, around obstacles, in any manner of weather. He's certainly fulfilling that freedom on this Tour. Today (Friday, July 6) he celebrates his 44th birthday. What a way to celebrate. After today's trek, cumulative mileage for the Tour is 247.
|Stage 6 route began at the AT crossing at VA 601 and ended at VA 311 in Catawba for a total of 39 miles|
I arrived at the McAfee Knob parking lot at VA 311 at 6:30 pm with our two year old daughter, Loren Rose. Eric had gotten a ride back to Four Pines Hostel with the owner, Joe Mitchell. Troy had just finished for the day and opted to catch a ride back to the hostel with me, while Adam waited for Anne and Rob to arrive. Back at the hostel, Eric was freshening up with a shower before his birthday dinner of hot dogs with chili and boiled salted potatoes. James tells me the potatoes are an old tradition of salt miners. They were quite tasty. With today's extreme temperatures, the salty meal was a perfect fit for the runners.
|Anne at the supply trailer - time to prep for the next day|
|Ouch! Rob's legs took a beating today.|
|Time for the evening check-in|
|Don't touch my Nutella! Nighttime preparations for tomorrow's lunch. |
Eric's regular lunch on the Tour includes
two almond butter and Nutella sandwiches and an apple.
|Ahhh , the stick!|
|Anne's blistered feet. Man she's tough!|
|Pack is prepped for the next day. Thanks, Rebekah, for making|
laminated mileage charts for everyone for every stage of the Tour!
|Adam reading the hikers' guest book at Four Pines Hostel|