I decided the next section would be, starting from the top. The Northernmost point is Black Horse Gap. 13.5 AT miles south, is Daleville and route 220. Dru went with me this time. We met at the Valley Cleaners in Daleville. We left Dru’s car at the cleaners. The Appalachian Trail crosses 220, right beside the cleaners. Dru rode with me to Black Horse Gap.
Fairly cold day, but not bad at all. Rain was supposed to come in around 10:30am or so. We started at 7am.
Nice views, but they were all through the trees.
Still some leaf color out there, in spots.
First few miles were easy down hill, but lots of climbing after that.
Highlights were the 2 shelters..Wilson Creek and Fullhardt Knob.
Once we got to Fullhardt, it was around 6 miles mostly descent, back toward 220 and the car.
This is a tough hill, near route 11.
We crossed route 11 in Troutville and had to go under and beside I-81. This is an ugly and loud (cars on interstate) section.
We cruised on in, as the rain was starting.
Second run done. 31 miles down, 89 to go!