Day 35: Trail Days

Publish date: May 26, 2019

Trail Days is an annual thruhiker festival in Damascus, VA that lasts all weekend. We were 75 miles south on the trail, so we got a shuttle ride in yesterday. Most hikers stay in tent city, a makeshift campground behind some baseball fields. This weekend is filled with trail magic. I’ve gotten a foot massage, sunglasses, bandana, sunscreen, gear repair, and tons of free food. There are representatives from outdoor companies, food trucks, live music… I even got to meet Jennifer Pharr Davis, who set the record in 2008 for hiking the trail in 57 days. I feel completely pampered.