Time to say goodbye. Too short but a wonderful visit. We packed up our things and headed out. I needed to go drop Ponytail off at Rte 600 on Whitetop so he could start back w/his adventure where he left off the other day before we met. Before we got too far we had to stop and wait for the roaming cows in the road to move as we headed down off of Mountain Music Rd. Again beautiful mountain/farm country here in Elk Creek. Aunt Peet's is the place to stay to feel at home and relax. Thank you Linda and Orpha for your wonderful hospitality.
There was a ranger at the starting point on Whitetop. He was able to take our last picture together. He did mention to Ponytail that they were doing some blasting near the trails so to be careful and to adhere to the signs and try not to jump too much when they go off. Boy are they loud!
He said he did encounter several blast points. One he needed to sit and wait 1/2hr for them to get everything in order and detonate.
Today he did run into a gentlemen from Hopkington, NH called Lone Wolf who was also walking the AT. Really cool how many people from New England he is meeting out there.
He will stay at the Old Orchard Shelter tonight just outside of the Grayson Highlands.
PONYTAIL HAS REACHED THE 500 MILE mark at 5:50 on 5/5 on top of Pine Mountain which is 5,000 ft. That is really cool. I am playing the lottery.