True, I could have left sooner if I had been motivated enough to get moving earlier. I didn't leave the hostel until 7:30 a.m.
Most of the trail I would be hiking today I had already hiked several times previously. I knew it wasn't difficult trail and the weather forecast looked good, so I wasn't too concerned about my departure time. I knew I could put in enough miles to keep me on track for my goal of getting past Damascus, Va. before Trail Days.