It'd been a number of months since I did that stretch, and frankly, I was bit intimidated by what I recalled of the route. Turns out my fears were unfounded, as my recollection was that this section of the AT was rougher than it actually was. I found the trail less steep and more runnable that I recalled, so chalk that up to a plus for failing memory.
Here are a couple of shots taken by Jody of me along this absolutely superb section of the Appalachian Trail:
Under a massive chestnut oak, perhaps the only horizontally blazed tree on the AT
The view from Chimney Rocks
The run was great, the company was great, and I hope to hit this section again real soon. At about 25 minutes from my home, it's the closest place I can reach the AT.