Day 74 and 75 (6/23/19 and 6/24/19 R)
Miles – 15.9
Total miles – 1024.8
With the Roller Coaster behind us, we left camp in high spirits. Being a town day only adds to the good mood. Harper’s Ferry is our next destination. Although not exactly the mid point of the AT, Harper’s Ferry is considered by the hikers the halfway point. Most take a few days off the trail at this location. Many often go on to Washington DC. We are uncertain of our exact plans other than Whisper gets her birthday present of riding a horse in Harper’s Ferry.
With fifteen miles to town, we left camp at a brisk pace. The morning began, with an easy up to a ridge that we would take us all the way to town. At close to the days midway point, we took our first break of the day. Of course we took our break just 100 yards from a shelter without knowing it. So we missed out on a table and a swing. Hoping for water, we went to the building anyways. Once arriving at the shelter we discovered that the water was half a mile away. Thus, not being completely out of water, we chose not to make the trip down to the water source. Despite this we still enjoyed the beautifully made shelter with a swing, and big porch. After our break we continued on. Hiking along the ridge was fast and easy. We soon came to Keys Gap and trail magic. Fruit, drinks, chips, and candy was to be had. We all had a little bit of everything. Our favorite item had to be the cherries! We did not stay long, town was calling. We said our thanks and on we went. Just before dropping down to Harper’s Ferry, we crossed into West Virginia, our fifth state. Next we came the expansive Shenandoah River, which we crossed over on a bridge. When we looked backed up the river we saw where the Shenandoah and the Potomac River joined together. We are so looking forward to seeing this historical area! It was mid afternoon when we walked into town and up to our hotel. We were hot, sweaty, and especially tired from yesterday’s hiking.
We all cycled through the shower as we did the laundry. By five o’clock, Papa Raven looked into the horse riding for Whisper. Tragic news for Whisper, who has been dreaming about her adventure on a horse since we began the AT. Horse rides are only Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s. Today is Sunday, but after closing hours. Being one not to show much emotion, Whisper took the news well. However, we knew that she was crushed. We could see it on her face. Nothing we could do other than hopefully find another location up the trail at some point. Finally we walked into the old part of Harper’s Ferry to look for dinner. We were late on a Sunday evening, and every place we went was closed or closing. Luckily we kept looking and found The Rabbit Hole still open. It was a very good dinner. On the way back to our room, Whisper and Papa Raven drove Bling up the wall by reading all the historical signs, and there is a lot of them in Harper’s Ferry! As we have stated earlier, Whisper is fascinated by all things history, especially Civil War. . . and Harper’s Ferry is were the big event started with John Brown. The museums were closed by the time we got there. For now, Bling was saved from having to read signs inside the museums, but tomorrow we will be back!
Zero. Papa Raven, Bling, and Whisper took a very long walk to 7-Eleven, for drinks and a bit of food. Mama and Papa Raven took a walk to the PO for our five boxes. One box was missing. After looking into it I found out that it should be here tomorrow. We sorted the next sections food and we are ready for the next section. We did take some time and walk through more of the older parts of Harper’s Ferry. It was an easy zero.