Day 55: Bobletts to Cornelius Creek

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

So I wrote a big entry last night and apparently my phone instead of sending it today when I got a signal, it deleted it.

So believe it or not, in said entry, I vowed not to complain at all. I'll take this as a sign that I need to be complaining even more. Especially about cell phone reception - specifically AT&T. Of course I'm partly up here to escape this sort of thing...

Yesterdays hike went well anyway, except for crazy high winds that were bringing down trees everywhere ( slightly scary when you are walking in the woods!)

I guess the rest of the entry is lost to cyberspace forever.

That was the extent of the on-trail entry left from day 55.  I'll attempt to recreate the day now, months after the fact!

With eager sectioners rousing the shelter early, there wasn't much to do besides get going.  I find that frequently section hikers wake up very early but it takes them a long time to get anything done.  Thru-hikers sleep in more and then have a very organized and efficient plan of action.  Bobletts shelter was nearly a quarter mile down a ravine so the climb out was a bit trying, but definitely wakes you.

Views from the BRP are very pretty especially on a morning with good cloud movement.  Luckily they didn't bring rain, just a little bit of high wind.  The trail follows the ridgeline of little cove mtn down into a road crossing.  Another anti-magic cooler left with nothing but trash inside.  Bummer, but now I am used to these let downs.

After the road crossing and bridge over a stream, I stop to relax and to get water.  Unfortunately the water looks kind of suspect, and watching people (and young kids) and their dogs play in the water just upstream convinces me to wait until a better source arrives.  The next shelter is one of the nicer ones I've seen: Bryant Ridge...  It has spacious deck areas, lovely layout, and 2 big levels with a stream just 20 ft away.

I enjoy a lunch here, airing out my shoes in the sun and conversing with some other hikers.  While sitting at the shelter some high winds come through and several trees fall in the surrounding forest.  It is somewhat nervous to think about walking further with the possibility of one coming down on your head.  I guess the chances are kind of low though, and I escape any close calls.

The afternoon is fairly easy, with just one long sustained climb back up to the BRP (we had deviated this entire day from the road, which means more solitude)  The shelter is nice and several nice hikers arrive, including "We'll See." 

With weather like this there shouldn't be any need to complain, but as in every other day, the feet are tired.

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Yvie on

Hey, Rob!
Well, that really stinks to lose your big entry. And I can't blame you one bit for complaining about anything you wish to. You have an amazing task every single day -- even the zeros, because you have to restock & prepare for the next section.
My question is when you hike with others, do you talk while you're hiking or is it pretty quiet? Seems like at the pace you're travelling, it would take too much energy to have long conversations.
Hope you have a great night's sleep & take care,

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