We had an interesting night camped near the Audie Murphy monument. Some local hunters were running their coon dogs in the area. They were very nice but the dogs were noisy. I think they finally went home about 2am. Needless to say, I was sleepy tired the next day.

I started the day by running/slack packing from our campsite north for 4.5 miles to the spot I stopped yesterday. Martha met me there and drove me back to were we camped. Then I ran south for 3 miles and met Martha again to reload on snacks and water. The next time we met was on Kelly’s Knob. Not much of a view really. We hiked together back to her car and then I continued 2 more miles.

Keffer Oak - estimated at 300 years old. Second largest tree in the AT.
Keffer Oak – estimated at 300 years old. Second largest tree in the AT.

We camped by Johns Creek. A nice site but there was no cell coverage. The trail in Virginia south of Shenandoah and the Blue Ridge Parkway is the worst maintained trail I’ve seen thus far. It is overgrown in so many places. That plus the heat (and the rattlesnake) made it a tough day on the trail for me.