5/18 Day 62

When we left Blackburn Center, we were offered coffee and dounuts by the caretaker. The most exciting part of today was making it to Harper’s Ferry, WV. We hiked the last few miles of Virginia and hiked the rest of the morning on the VA-WV border. When we hit Harper’s Ferry, the Howells were waiting with our resupply and lunch. Harper’s Ferry is known to be the psychological half way point and home to ATC headquarters. We had our official thru-hiker photo taken for the “Class of 2012” book and had the chance to look through the book to see who had checked in before us. Leaving Harper’s Ferry, we crossed the Potomac River into Maryland. We followed C&O Canal towpath before climbing to Weverton Cliff Trail. When we reached the shelter we planned to say for the night, it felt too early and we decided to hike to the next shelter. We got water and took a break at Gathland State Park. This park housed Civil War monuments for the Battle of South Mountain. We camped at Crampton Gap shelter and hiked 22.9 miles for the day.

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