Rock Fish Gap to Swift Run Gap -Chapter 24

I walk from Rock Fish Gap to swift Run Gap on theAppalachian Trail. It is raining and it rains all day.

I read Chapter 24 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.

“He who stands on tiptoe
doesn’t stand form.”

“He who rushes ahead
doesn’t go far.”

I show my sleeping bag inside the hammock. The tarp above keeps the sleeping bag dry when it rains (almost dry).

Black Rock – there is a magnificent view which cannot be seen due to the rain and fog.

“He who tries to shine
dims his own light.”

“He who defines himself
can’t know who he really is.”

“He who has power over others
can’t empower himself.”

“He who clings to his work
will create nothing that endures.”

A through-hiker, walking to Maine, dries his tent.

My boots are falling apart. I glued the gaps in Buena Vista but the repair job will not last forever.

“If you want to accord with the Tao,
just do your job, then let it go.”

I arrive at swift Run Gap and hitch-hike to Elton, VA. My wife, Karen, arrives to take me home. I have walked over 425 miles, not bad for a 71 year-old guy.

Karen looks at the monuments at Swift Run Gap. At this place, Alexander Spotwood, and his men, discovered the Shenandoah valley in 1716.


Karen and I start our next adventure in June. We will be hiking in England.

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