I walk from the Tree Ridges to Waynesboro, VA, on the Appalachian Trail.
I read Chspter 23 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.
“Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet.”
“Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;”
“when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.”
“If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.”
“If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.”
The farmers tried to clear their fields of stones and built walls with the stones.
“If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.”
“Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.”
This is an old Lowe family cemetary.
Remains of Mayo home
I arrive at Rockfish Gap, where I hitch-hike to Waynesboro, VA,