A 20.8 mile day brought Castaway and I to Afton – the road to Waynesboro VA. Immediately we noticed there was a kettle corn stand. Yes! So, we got some and sodas. So refreshing! We sat in the shade of an abandoned gas station while waiting for Alison to arrive. There were hugs all round when she came and then we were off to Chris and Vera’s house. On the way we dropped off Castaway at a hotel. A shower was the first priority and then food. Izzy, Chris and Vera’s three year old, entertained us with stories from a children’s Bible and dancing with her blanket. We were shown to a room with 2 beds, TV and videos and space to spread out. It was amazing! We went to eat at Ming’s Chinese restaurant with Castaway, Comma-Kaze and Blue Sky. I was glad to introduce Alison to these people I’ve talked about and hiked with. I did my gear shake down and spend a lot of time lying around. Vera and Chris fed us well and were so awesome to us. They let us do our thing and it was amazing. We got to sit by a fire one evening and met their nephew Devin. I answered lots of questions, but it’s fun to share stories with a wide-eyed audience. :)It was so nice to be in a house to wash clothes and clean out things really well.
We went to visit Molly in Harrisonburg and it was a great time! We ate, went to church and looked at pictures from Bulgaria and the AT. I’ve been able to visit Molly once each year that she’s been at EMU. 2 for marathons and one on the AT.
Leaving Waynesboro was hard after 3 days because we were treated so well. Thanks to Alison for the car and Chris and Vera for the hospitality!