To many people the words ‘roller coaster’ conjure up ideas of amusement rides with loops and drops that make your stomach lurch. Personally I am not a big fan of roller coasters as there was one wooden contraption that I felt like I was going to fall out of. I guess I’m not a thrill seeker. Or…I get my thrills from doing really long hiking/camping trips…
In northern VA is what is deemed the roller coaster of the trail. It is 13.5 miles with 10 steep ups and downs with tons of rocks. The trail goes thru a narrow passage here, so the trail crews had little choice but take the trail up viewless and rocky ridges.
Going up and down consistently takes a lot of physical energy and looking down for good footing takes a lot of mental energy. So, I’ve been finding that I’ve been pretty tired at night. Thankfully the shelters have not had snorers – so I’ve been able to sleep. 🙂 I can’t really tell you if there were many views because I was looking down at my feet the whole time. There was a pretty cool hostel called Bear’s Den which looked like a castle. Check out my link for pics on my home page.
Northern VA has been pretty good even despite the roller coaster. I was just so excited to get out of SNP!