Very humid and hot again today. Made 24 miles to tent outside this shelter at 7:45pm, there was a cloudburst at about 5pm that forced me to scramble to get my pack cover and my Goretex shell on. I now have just 16 miles to go tomorrow to get to Trents grocery where I have a mail drop waiting. Getting there for tomorrow night aligns me exactly with my schedule. I have decided to get a ride from there to Pearisburg Friday at 4pm and get a hotel. I will leave all my heavy stuff in that hotel and get a ride back to Trents grocery Saturday at 6am and slack pack the 25 miles from the grocery store trail head to Pearisburg. This means I will be in a hotel in Pearisburg Friday and Saturday nights which will be a luxury even though the hiking mileage remains high Saturday.
Crossed I-77 just 2 miles before tonight's camp: