Miles from Springer Mountain: 515
Miles to Mount Katahdin: 1677
I left Damascus after a last town meal of delicious wings. It was only a short hike to the Saunders where I joined by a few section hikers. The days that involve hiking after leaving a town are always the worst day – mentally and physically. I soldiered on forward towards the Grayson Highlands State Park.
I had heard about the wild ponies on this part of the trail, but I wasn’t expecting on how close I’d get to them! At Thomas Knob shelter they kept us up until 9 by licking the wood of the shelter.
They were everywhere! Walking throughout the park I entered and left their domains several times, but only once did a pony get on the trail and block my path
Today I am sleeping at the Hurricane Mountain Shelter, I intended to hike further, but the rain limited my range. I am feeling good and make great progress, my few minor injuries and aches have almost completely healed. I am excited to keep pushing over the next few weeks, thanks everyone!