Our first day in Virginia was somewhat amusing and very special! First, we had a reporter and several locals show up at our riverside campsite while we were packing up.
Then we rode through the town of Narrows and were shortly after flagged over by a police officer. You guessed it- someone complained about poop in the road! This brought back memories! Oh Kansas, you will forever be infamous and very loved in our memory. The officer did his ‘duty’ to check out the call and was really cool about the whole thing. But basically, he came out to see us and wish us well!
Then we saw a ‘landmark’ that was very exciting and meaningful to me as we entered the outskirts of Pearisburg. We crossed the Appalachian Trail! Why is this so special? Because my younger brother thru-hiked it from Georgia to Maine several years ago. He has been an inspiration to me to follow my dreams as I watched him follow his. He periodically gave me information throughout the years that he discovered about horseback treks, which encouraged me not to give up on the dream. So I paused at the trail marker, stepping in the very tracks that my brother walked- one journey intersecting another. It was personally a special moment and it was an emotional “we really are almost there” feeling to cross the most famous north-south trail on the East coast. And as a special side note, I found it pretty cool that this blog is posting on his birthday. Happy Birthday little bro- you are an inspiration to me.
As we passed through town, I took notice and must share that Pearisburg gets a blue ribbon in my book for being surprisingly respectful and courteous as they drove around our horses! We did some banking in town, which created quite a buzz around town! Then our horses were getting thirsty, so we pulled over at Friends and Family Restaurant to ask them if we could use their outside water spicket. A quick pit stop turned into a ‘Friends and Family’ experience! They not only watered our horses, but fed us, fed Bella, gave us ice cream, took pictures, contacted the local sheriff to request they help us over a large bridge a mile up the road, and truly made us feel like new friends.
We left refreshed and joyful, and were soon being tailed by a sheriff. We looked back to make sure he wasn’t pulling us over, and thankfully, it was just our escort showing up to help us safely over the bridge. The officer, Joe, followed us all the way to Rembroke where we were hosted by an American Legion. After setting up ‘camp’ inside the building and putting our horses ‘to bed’ in the neighbors field, Joe picked us up and brought us to his friend’s house where we were treated to a several course meal! We had a very interesting conversation revolving around the locals fighting to get the 10 Commandments publicly displayed in schools as part of a collection of historical documents that were part of the foundation of America- most of which contain ‘God’ references upon which our country was founded. It’s in court and everything. If the little town Pearisburg wins the fight to include ALL documents that were part of the founding fathers’ basis for developing this democracy, it could impact the entire country. Pretty cool story.