Abingdon, VA

17 miles from the A.T. – because detours are fun (and sometimes necessary)

I had such a fun week in Abingdon with the Wilsons (in spite of the fact that my travel insurance company are insisting I return to Aus for treatment). I would be halfway to having my stitches out post-surgery and a week away from getting back on the trail if the surgeon had been able to just do his job. But they deemed me fit to fly so they can have my arm treated under medicare. I can understand the decision from a financial perspective but I don’t think their decision takes into consideration the best course of action for my wrist. I took out the highest level of cover to ensure I would receive the best care in the event of an emergency. To no avail. When choosing your cover make sure you read over the exclusions and exceptions very carefully because you can be sure that’s the first place they’ll look when and if you have to make a claim.

Anyway, on a couple of positive notes, I’ve had a fantastic week with the Wilsons, I had a lovely night back in Knoxville with Wes and his wife Marian, and I will get to see my folks in a day or two. Blessings in disguise ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Zazzy’z Cafe

The Martha (I’ll stay here one day when my A.T. memoir becomes a bestseller ๐Ÿ˜„)


The Barter Theatre (this place opened for business during the Great Depression when tickets were traded for produce – very cool. Gregory Peck and Kevin Spacey are among the actors who got their start here).

Main Street


The Creeper Trail (37 mile stretch of walking/cycling track along the line of a former railroad bed). The A.T. intersects with the creeper in a couple of places at and around Damascus. Trestle 38 is particularly memorable as it takes you through the uppermost branches of a lush beech forest.


Patti and I had smoothies here:


On a less positive note: The airline has over-booked my flight and I may not get on my first plane. Which will mean I will miss all connecting flights. Yay! The joys of standby…

*** Update – they got me on my flight – phew (ed)

6 thoughts on “Abingdon, VA

  1. Hi Lou, what a bummer with the blessed airline overbooking, what a nerve! We will meet whatever plane you end up on. Hope you manage to get some sleep along the way. Love Mum and Dad

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    • They got me on my flight! Yah! So I’m currently in Dallas – my big flight boards in a little over 3 hours. One flight down, 3 to go! Can’t wait to see you. Love Lou xo PS My arm is starting to get a little stinky – I feel sorry for my co-passengers! ๐Ÿค•

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    • Hey Kev, I certainly will! We should all catch up for a meal and a bush walk ๐Ÿ‘. How are things with you? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ xo

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      • Hey Lou – you’re in Oz! Yes please come and visit and we go for a wander. You are welcome to stay with us too if you’re not staying with P&F – plenty of spare rooms here! We’re away around June 13 for a week but thats about it. Speak soon. kx

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      • Thanks Kev โ˜บ๏ธ. Yes let’s hike! I think I’ll be staying with Frank and Peter & the kids in Lawson but that is a lovely kind offer. I have been thoroughly spoiled for choice as far as accommodation offers go since breaking this ol’ wrist. People are awesome ๐Ÿ˜Š xo

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