I will be heading out for a hike starting tomorrow. I’ll be hiking in Shenandoah National Park to make up some of the section of the Appalachian Trail that I missed when hiking in Shenandoah. It is a 13.5 hour drive to Virginia from here. A few years ago I could make that drive straight through. Nowadays, I don’t think it would be safe for me to drive that long in one day. I’ll be driving 7.5 hours tomorrow and doing the remaining six hours the next day. I’m able to get a room for free with my Starwood points so there is no hotel expense to worry about.
Once I arrive at the trail I plan to hike out and back on the trail returning to my car at the end of the day. Then I will sleep in my car or perhaps hike in to a shelter if there is one close to where I’m parked. My daily hiking miles will be determined by the distance between parking areas and how far I feel I can comfortably hike. I’m out of shape right now so the daily hiking miles will be low to start out. Having the car will allow me to go to town if I need more food or just need a night off the trail. I think hiking with the car will allow me to ease back into hiking. Once I’ve returned from the hike I’ll share how it went. I think it will be a fun and frugal trip.