May 23-25, Blacksburg, VA (651.3)

Deb and Hermes enjoy the show
We have spent three days here in Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech. Don Raines dropped us of at our hotel on Friday morning, and Deb arrived around noon. Spent a lazy day resting and eating, and visited a couple local outfitters.

Saturday we went to Floyd, VA for the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ festival. Its in its fourth year, and had a rotating group of bands playing on a central stage with a grassy field in front for the audience. To stage right was a large plywood platform where people could dance, and between bands a local clogging group performed for us. Good sized crowd, 1,500 people maybe? We left around 4 and bands would be playing into the evening. Got to also see some antique tractors as well.

Sunday we went to the movies followed by an unhurried resupply at the supermarket.

Three days of ample food, comfortable beds, and leisurely days have helped heal our sore feet and legs, and provided a needed break. 

We’re back on the Trail tomorrow morning and head toward Catawba. Our big goal is Harpers Ferry, WV, still several weeks away. 

Learned yesterday that Achin is leaving the trail for good, more than passing the 500 mile mark. A successful outing, I’d say.


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