Stealth Campsite(967.3) to US 522 (969.4) 2.1 Miles
I've been trying really hard lately to have a low mileage nero day. I think I have finally succeeded. I was even able to sleep in this morning since Gary wasn't picking us up until 9:00. I woke up at 5:30 and couldn't immediately get back to sleep. I read my book for a little while and then slept for another hour. I had just gotten back up when, Airlock came past my campsite. We agreed to meet down at the road, US 522. I took my time packing up and hit the trail around 7:30. It was a nice easy hike with a little uphill climb in the middle. The last half mile was slightly downhill so I decided to jog for a little while. Before I knew it, I was at our extraction point, thirty minutes early too. We killed time by talking to some locals and a few thru-hikers. Gary was right on time and he even brought us ice cold sodas. We drove into Front Royal to pick up my food resupply box that I had dropped off earlier in the week. Gary and Airlock live a little over an hour away in Northern Virginia. We stopped off at Whole Foods to pick up beer and other necessary supplies for what promised to be an epic dinner. Once we arrived at Airlock's house, I quickly set about getting my chores done. I immediately showered, got my laundry together, and sorted through my food box. Town days go by so fast that the sooner all the tedious jobs are done, the sooner we can relax. After those chores were taken care of we sat down and had brunch, fresh bagels and lox with an iced latte. Life was good! The next order of business was a quick trip to the grocery store for a few resupply items.
All of our chores were done by 2:00. We spent the rest of the afternoon on the front porch sipping beers and eating ice cream. Around 5:00 we moved to the back porch for chips, homemade guacamole, and margaritas. Kirsten, a friend of Airlock and Gary's, came over to join us for dinner. I really enjoyed meeting her, she is a very nice, funny woman. Dinner was a new experience for me, charbonnade, which is kind of a table top grill. We used it to make some very tasty fajitas.
After dinner we had dessert. Kirsten made a delicious fruit tart dish that tasted amazing and was beautifully presented. It was a perfect nero day and the perfect way to celebrate the end of Shenandoah National Park.
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