I hiked 11.1 miles today. Jukebox and I left Jenkins Shelter at 8:15. It was raining but not too hard. The goal was to get to the town of Bland, VA and dry off while splurging on a night in a motel
The trail wasn't bad at all; although there were a couple of fairly steep ascents. Hopefully, this signals the arrival of my trail legs. The rain stopped after a few hours, which made the going much easier.
I arrived at the trailhead at 1:30 and immediately talked to a guy in a truck. He was giving a woman a ride to a hostel and said he could take me to the Big Walker Motel.
Jukebox was in town but not at the motel yet, so I checked in and pulled all my gear out of my backpack, so it would dry. It's a nice room and it will be good to relax and get some sleep.