Day 62: Turk Mtn to Pinefield Gap
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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Alright folks I'll try to keep an upbeat attitude, but honestly I've never felt this close to calling it quits. No it's not the constant needle pricks when I sweat on my back, not the blisters or foot pain, it has nothing to do with boredom or disinterest in the task or the scenery, it's not like I feel I can't make it... iT'S tHE DAnG TICKS! aHHHH!
So I told you last night that I would dream about them... Well I woke up this morning and felt something funny on my back, yep, during the night a tick that was in my tent got himself some prime real estate and was going to town. It's also not easy to tweeze off a tick on your own back, but since I was alone not exactly like I had options.
During the day I found around 10 more ticks on me
Ok new topic! Whew! I said my tent was dripping last night, which was true but after I signed off I realized why: I set up my tent in the hot humidity and then was busy breathing in it, then the cold front came through and the temp dropped about 25 degrees in minutes. The condensation that resulted was pretty heavy, in part I think because I set up the rain fly too low to the ground and there wasn't enough air circulation.
Alright before you accuse me of being a total "negative nancy", there were some positives. It did rain a lot and my tent stayed dry. I slept pretty well. Today's 22 mi were pretty easy and there were some nice vistas (though still wondering why it's so special it gets to be a national park)
Talked to a few interesting people along the way and it doesn't get too old to answer the same old questions, partly because they are so in awe of my attempt
So any other takers for hiking memorial day weekend? Sounds like it's just Chris and Sarah. We'll have a fun time but there's room for lots more!
Skirted a campground today and they had a camp store... I wanted to swing by and supplement my lunch with something ice cold and maybe a treat, but they were closed for the season. Oh like a dagger through my heart. Even the Pepsi vending machine outside was unplugged. Fortunately the foul mood didn't last too long.
Hey people, how is everyone? Thanks for all the comments! It's so special that you are actually reading some of this crazy talk. I hope it doesn't skew your vision of me too much, you'd say crazy things too if you were out here hiking 20 mi a day in the 85 degree heat, pulling off ticks and sleeping on the ground. Ah but I still love it. Ask some more questions! Until then, take care!