May 22, 1998

5/22/98 Front Royal, VA

13.6 miles (944.1 total)

The older hikers thought it was funny to crow like a rooster at the top of their lungs at 6am - me, I just thought they were ass-holes. Sometimes as a thruhiker, I get pretty intolerant of people just out for a couple of days. For them, it’s a vacation. To me, the trail is home.

Veto on our last day in the Shenandoah's

Started out as a clear day. Just like usual, this close to town, I took off. My feet still hurt like hell but I still made very good time. Got to the highway to Front Royal around 1pm and only took 5 minutes to get a hitch. I thought Front Royal would be a quaint laid back town but it’s just like any bigger town, lots of cars, rude people and every thing is too far apart.