I slept really good last night along the creek. A nice cool breeze got going during the night.
Got all packed up by 6 a.m. and on the trail. A few minutes later a few sprinkles fell from the sky, just minor though. In my first ten minutes of hiking I saw the top half of a big tree just snap and fall. It would have made great video.
Not long after the snapped tree, I come to a flooded out low spot thanks to the work of the local beaver. I spent 15 minutes trying to find a way through without soaking my dry shoes and socks. Turns out, I got soaked. I thought about takes shoes off, but given the area did not think that was the safest option.
Crossed another new pipeline being built. I refer to these areas as scars. You can usually survive a single papercut, but how many papercuts before you do not. Surviving is also very different than thriving. Moving on…
Maybe a quarter of the trail looked like this today or a little less rocky.
Then other parts of the trail looked like this.
I made it to Pine Grove, PA today. I hear the rocks on the trail are going to get worse or better (if you love rock) pretty soon, just not exactly sure when. So my mileage will have to drop some, maybe until I am out of PA. I hear horror stories, but not sure what is true. Eye of the beholder?
I got the miles in today, would not say I am 100 percent by any means, but no complaints, we all have issues to work with or overcome.
Went out to eat today and had a nice conversation with another hiker named Fox. We talked life on the trail, missing loved ones back home and how the support means everything, positive moments and challenges and how we handle those occasional days that make us question ourselves.