After a good nights sleep and a simple breakfast the team set off for what would be an awesome last day official trail day. The morning started off with our team getting lost in the camp ground. As bad as that sounds the map we were following indicated that there was a trail out of the tent section of the camp ground to the main road. All we could find was a bike path and some angry campers. After our second loop around, they started yelling and we chose to exit stage left.
Within a few minutes of leaving the camp we were back on some trails. I failed to capture many pictures of the trails because they were typically short and connected back with main roads in short time.
As we chatted on the CB we were all wondering if our last day would be purely a road day, or if we would get much of a chance to play in the woods. After the initial few trails it seemed we were destined to a day of road miles. Granted we weren’t on typical roads. The roads we were on were the now familiar single lane partially paved back roads. We made good time as we crossed back and forth between Kentucky and Virginia.
Around 4 pm we pulled of the road to view an overlook with a name like horse ridge or horse overlook. We were disappointed to find an old cemetery and no horses. We took a few pics of the rigs, stretched our legs and decided to continue on.
6 minutes later we got our wish! Wild horses all over beside the road! I stopped to take some pictures of a cute mother and foal.
Soon after we turned off onto a super wide gravel road where we found many more horses and a great place to get some rolling shots of our rigs. This gravel road could have been a 4 lane interstate! If only it stayed that way…
Soon after taking all of the pictures of our rigs we followed the gps off of the main track and down an ever narrowing trail. within minutes the saws and machetes came out. This trail was extremely overgrown and our progress drew to a halt. After less than a mile, but completely ruined paint jobs on both rigs we checked the map and decided to reverse course. Once we made it to the main gravel road, we turned back in the direction we had been going and followed it until we intersected with a main road. From there we made it back to the tracks laid our in our gps. By this time evening afternoon was turning into evening and we still have many miles to go before reaching Slade Kentucky and the rest area where our adventure began. We managed a few more trails, and a couple water crossing before we started to recognize the roads we had been on 6 days earlier.
With the music “We are the Champions” blaring from my Jeep we pulled into the rest area laughing and joking. 6 days earlier we were strangers, today we friends for a lifetime.
We continued from the rest area to the campsite BSO had used on their trip up to Slade. We sat around and talked about how far we had come before crawling into our tents to dream about our next adventure.
The following morning we said our good bye’s and headed separate ways. By the time I arrived home 7 days after leaving Tennessee I had added 1576.3 miles of adventures and friendships to my trusty jeep.