Yesterday turned out to be very slow and easy--a fine day of rest. We had a few showers in the morning which ended early, but it remained cloudy for the rest of the day.
We went to Rockfish Outfitters after lunch and browsed around. The only thing I found to buy was a pair of Smartwool hiking socks. I have never had a pair, but they are the sock of choice for Gene. My sock of choice has always been Bridgedales. Once I put a pair on, I’ve never had anything else. Bridgedales fit my feet snugly and don’t wrinkle inside my boot. It doesn’t sound like much, but a wrinkle can cause a blister in a hurry. My feet are small and it’s difficult to find a sock small enough to fit as they say, “Like a glove”. As much as I like Bridgedale socks, I do have an issue with them. The cushioning in the sole breaks down after a couple hundred miles and then becomes hard in the laundry. Gene says the Smartwools don’t do that. I’m giving them a try.
|Bridge over Brown Mountain Creek|
|Suspension bridge over Pedlar River|
|Brown Mountain Creek|
I don’t know for sure about these particular bridges, however, generally the trail clubs build the bridges. Like trail building, privies, and shelters, it is all done by volunteers. Thank you again for your hard work.
Another highlight was Pedlar Lake. This mountain lake serves as the reservoir for the community of Lynchburg. The AT passes above the lake, but views were limited now that there are so many leaves on the trees.
We followed Brown Mountain Creek upstream for about 2 miles. This area was once home to freed slaves in the early 1900s. The remains of stone walls could be seen all along the Creek. Most were poor share croppers. They moved out when the land was sold to the forest service in the 1930s.
That’s it for today.