When I am in a motel there is no hurry as I want to make the most of my room.
eventually I emerged from my bed put coffee on and began to pack up
I was soon done so checked with reception for my ride back in to town. and soon in was at the post office .
You should have a few packages for me ! I said handing over my Id
she retured with a armful of boxes.
My shorts from under armour, coffee filter. 2 ear buds. a food supply . chair. mp3 player.It took me about 20 minutes to sort. Once done I posted my spare bits up the trail then walked out of the postoffice.
The trail snakes through the town so I was soon back on it az i walked through the streets I really like all the different shapes and styles of house as I walk the trail. the trail then takes a sharp right and I’m crossing a large bridge over a river..then I am.crossing an even larger bridge over an even wider river..Once across i stand looking for the trail markers. Whedsthe hell does it go i walk to my left and see a history sign , so go over to read it . As i get nearer i can finially see the marker to the AT
I cross over the railway tracks and it’s time to climb. The climb is two miles up and steeply up.
As I begin to climb down on the road I can see Sunshine, Moustrap and the Lamar. They too are looking for the trail. i whistle and point . they signal okay and it’s not long till.they catch and pass me.
I push on going back and forth and up and up .around one corner there are a dozen shirts laid out on a rock . I smile guess he’s trying to loose weight . After an hour I am at the top. thank god I pant. I now need water as I try not to drag it up mountain if I don’t have to. I push on till I can smell a drop toilet I laugh to myself well the shelter can’t be too far away . and sure enough a sign soon appears.
I walk down the Blue trail.i to I can see the shelter. The gang are here.Moustrap, sunshine and lama.also anew box I go to the spring and get water, then decide to have an early lunch.
the gang leave and I am not far behind them .I push on and thencome up to a lady hiker.she has ear buds in so I try not to spook her.Hello I shout . at last she hears me and steps off of the trail so that I can pass. I Recognize her.its Pretzel .who I lazt saw at stanimals in Wainsboro.
I push one then seethe guy who camped by me and halfbear sat on a rock having their lunch. Nice spot guys .I wave and push on . Then the rocks return owing my pace as some are big climbs and then it’s loose rock. This rock just kills my feet.and it’s damp and bloody sloppy Arrhhh.
I Stumble on and over this rock swearing when I trip or slip. Now and then soil appears and I try to push to make up time as the rain is due at 4pm and it’s normaly on time. I go to slurp more water and I’m dry bugger. I have a spare pint but I didn’t really want to stop. In the distance I could hear the rumble of thunder. It’s coming I said to myself.
I then reached a sign for the next shelter . mm I could do with water but I know that it’s a long way to get it.
Hugger j need it so turned down the shelter trail.
It was a nice big double decker shelter with covered eatting area. The guy I shared a shuttle back to town was there he has a hawian trail name but I have forgotten it.
he was just going for water. the sign read “Spring” .2. or 300 steps. Dam but I need it so set off down the 300 steps.which were bloody steep. I quickly filled up and returned .but going up with a handfuls of water wasn’t quite so easy.
Once back to the shelter.i decided to have a few more snacks. Then the rain came.
I relaxed as Half bear arrived.You going on Snail ?
Once it’s stopped yes I want 5 more miles.maybe more.
I sat in the shelter. trying to make up.my mind . it was a nice shelter. Nope I’m going on.
At last the rain stopped and the sun came out. I hoisted up.my pack and marched out.I had lost an hour so it was now 5pm I wanted the campsite 5 miles ahead but I didn’t want to walk that late.Okay i will walk to 6.30 that should give me 3 miles. After an hour I began to pass several tent spots. nope SNAIL too early. But so.egjmes that can be the last tent spot for a while.But I was confident that there wouldbe more. Luckily there was and at 6.45 my tent was up. I hi g my rope ready then put up my new chair .yes I now have a chair. it was good . I cooked tea and relaxed. apart from I was almost out of fuel as I forget to get a an before leaving Duncannon and it was on my list Doh.
I cleared up and got into my tent.then it sprinkled with rain so back out a d put on my fly.
Then I bad to listen to more fireworks before all went quite.
Miles. 15 miles