Our large hotel room in Leesburg came in handy, just as I expected it would. Kim was grateful for it too, because it allowed me to stash my smelly gear a reasonable distance away from us.
Much of the morning today was spent spreading out my gear and taking stock of what I might need for the second half of my hike.
When I started hiking in Georgia I was carrying an Arc'teryx Beta LT Hybrid rain jacket and rain pants. They were durable, weren’t too heavy, and provided good protection against cold and ice, as well as rain. Still, they were overkill once the weather began to warm up.
So when I met Kim in Pearisburg I swapped out the jacket for an older one I've had for several years, which was made by Integral Designs, a now-defunct company. I was hoping it was still reasonably waterproof because it was very light. Unfortunately, it didn’t keep me dry at all.