Trail Magic comes knocking.
Don't have much time, and I'll hope to give a bit more explanation later, but I'm sitting at the computer of such a trail angel right now, by far the most helpful and generous we've encountered, Mouse's Motor. She lives in Salem, VA, and what started as a half mile lift back to the road ended up as multiple shuttles around the area, a warm and dry place to stay for the night (shower! i got to shower!), and a hot breakfast of sausage and eggs. Might we upgrade this to "trail miracle"? Think so.
Anyway, running off to get a head start on the morning and hike the 20 miles into Daleville. Due to the internet access last night, we even snagged hotel reservations for tonight so as not to run into the full hotel scenerio we encountered in Pearisburg.
So many details, so little time. For now, we're happy, healthy, clean and dry, and immensely grateful to Mouse's Motor!!!