Tags: abingdon, adventure, anniversary, Appalachian Trail, biking, damascus, hiking, journey, Trek 820, virginia
We had some ideas of what we wanted to do, such as camping on the Appalachian Trail. If you know me, or knew me at least 5 years ago, I am/was a girly girl. I hate bugs and the outdoors.
But something has changed in my heart, and I think a lot has to do with my veganism and love of the Earth.
But it takes baby steps to get where you are going sometimes, so plans were modified.
Instead, we decided to drive 7 1/2 hours down to Damascus, Virginia, also known as Trail Town USA. The Appalachian Trail runs RIGHT through town and they are darn proud of it!
This little, one-road town with a single stop sign has a church, a few homes, a Dollar General and FOUR to FIVE bike/trail stores. YES! I have to drive 45 minutes from my apartment to find a bike store, yet this little, tiniest town has 4x as many with quality product.
The day before I finally purchased my bike, a Trek 820, which I fell in love with. It barely touched Pennsylvania soil. After some issued getting to Va. (traffic, shifting bikes), we settled in and prepared for the next adventurous day.
So, Appalachian Trail it was. We headed out and THOUGHT we were going in the right direction. The path was narrow and barely kept. Downed trees were everywhere. We even saw poop! I was disturbed at that, thinking the thru-hikers were rude, especially when I saw garbage about. It was quite a treacherous hike, with cliff areas and jumping across a small stream.
Well, would you know it, we emerge an hour and 1/2 later to see TWO thru-hikers walking perpendicular to us! Yes, we went in some RANDOM trail. The Appalachian Trail — the REAL one — is so much more well-kept and wide and beautiful! Batman said he should have known, as he didn’t see the tree markings, but we were too far in by that time.
Well, it was on to bicycle riding and what I call an invincibility factor. I blogged about it on my work blog, Twenty & Change. Wanna read? Go here.
Basically, we biked 31 miles. I haven’t ridden a bike in eight years, and Batman has never gone that far in one sitting before. Yea, we are CRAZY! We thought at younger than 30, we were like our high school days — young and free. We are
officially free but definitely not young.
Well, we woke up the next morning and decided, no, we couldn’t bike anymore! We were too sore! So we decided to enjoy the town and go back to Abingdon, where we biked to and had to rush back from the previous day. We viewed the many bike shops in Damascus, then we headed to the winery we originally biked to but was closed on the previous day.
Abingdon was so cute! Very small Southern town but enough people that it was busy. We viewed a historic home; went to an old-fashioned soda shop; went to a Confederate museum; went antiquing (I got a typewriter!); and enjoyed a farmers market and some lavender tea. It was great. I enjoyed how NICE everyone was, and all the ya’lls.
It was a great trip, to say the least. It really put a boost of energy in me, making me more adventurous and making me realize that I need to go out more, do more, experience more.
And we all need a little bit of enlightening sometimes, don’t we?