This morning I woke up feeling rested and at peace. The last week or so, I did some long and hard miles and I think it was just catching up to me. I hit the trail today around 9 a.m. Pretty relaxed day. Before I got going, I had a conversation with Mongo, the guy who owns Lickskillet Hostel. In short, it was centered around how the trail and the vast majority of hikers, accept people for who they are and do not try to force their values on others. We call this “Hike your own hike.” It really applies to life out here, far beyond hiking, its a code of respect and its held dear. I think it has a place in the larger world too.
Hiked 12.8 miles today. Have a stealth camping spot near Sugar Run Mountain. The trails were wet today, after two days of rain, it is expected. Had some light rain on and off today.
Near Sugar Run Mountain saw two deer. They ran off in opposite directions, made me wonder if they were trying to distract me from a nearby fawn. I will never know.
There were not too many views today. due to rain and fog. There were some however between breaks. I think Spring is really trying hard to get a foothold in these mountains, it has not been easy this year.
Tomorrow, I will be taking the day off from hiking. Trying to take a zero every 7 to 10 days to rest the body and mind, both of which are heavily used on the trail.
As of now, a thick fog has rolled in tonight, accompanied by those jet engine like winds. The speed of sound travels faster than the wind (lol…thankfully), so I can hear the big wind gusts coming a little before they reach me. It is fun.
If there is anything about trail life you want me to address, feel free to ask.
Good night everyone!