Dalesville Interchange to Thunder Hill – Chapter 19

I walk the Appalachian Trail from the Dalesville-Troutville I-81 Interchange to the Thunder Hill Shelter. First, I walk from the Motel 6 to the trail.

I pass an antique store.

I read Chapter 19 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.

“Throw away holiness and wisdom,
and people will be a hundred times happier.”

I reach the trail and ascend up a hill. A storm is coming.

“Throw away morality and justice,
and people will do the right thing.”

A turtle is unconcerned, but cautious.

“Throw away industry and profit,
and there won’t be any thieves.”

I spend the night on a ridge.

“If these three aren’t enough,
just stay at the center of the circle
and let all things take their course.”



Looking back.


Hiking on a ridge.

Hiking through a rock formation called the “Guillotine.”

Trillium past Thunder Hill Shelter

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