I'll be driving from Elkhart, Indiana (the top of the state along 80). If anyone needs a ride along the route (I'll follow google maps), just give me a shout. Once we have the hike dates down, I submit time off.
It looks like everyone is liking the south bound route.
If we start on Tuesday - that gives us 3 full days *13 miles a day*
If we start on Monday - that gives us 4 full days *just under 10 miles a day*
Thoughts? Your going to kill me. I'll vote the lesser of miles/day. LOL
If I remember correctly, the section being discussed isn't bad at all. There are a couple of significant 'bumps', but no monster climbs. A lot of ridge walking with 40' to 50' elevation changes. The reward is a very long and gradual downhill into Damascus. In 08, there was a group of people that hiked 43 miles (I think) in a day to get into Damascus. I think they called it the "Yellow Shoe Lace Challenge", or something that involved yellow bootlaces. Too many miles for a lazy Cannibal, but it shows it's not a terribly difficult section.
All that said, you don't want to spend Trail Days in 'recovery' mode. I have zero problems with low miles, big smiles days.
It is a pretty nice section. The last stretch which is something like 6 miles can be done in an hour. It is as flat as Virginia gets. I think I did the last 6 miles into Damascus in around 45 minutes this year cause it was a downpour.
"Oh, like an Afghan Warlord"
could you guys help to describe trail days to me. are there many kids? my son is 14 on may 16 and i was wondering if there are any kids around for this. i'm more or less looking for a general description of what trail days is and what it's about. is there a website just for this event?
found web site. still looking to hear people's experiences and such.