Day 74: Alec Kennedy to Darlington
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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So I'm sitting here swatting mosquitos up at the top of Blue Mtn... Had a superb view of the Cumberland Valley on the way up. Now we are sitting tight waiting for a thunderstorm to drop the temps a bit.
Woke up very early to try to beat the heat (high of 92 today) and left camp at a respectable 6:30. One quick climb then down to field flat walking for most of the rest of the day. The Cumberland Valley is the flattest section of the entire AT (or so I've heard) and it lasts for about 15 mi. Right upon entering the fields you can look all the way across the valley and see the ridge far in the distance... It certainly looks much further than a short days walk.
Visited the cute, quaint town of Boiling Springs, PA in middle morning
Just a total collapse of hiking abilities in the middle of the day but fortunately I had already crossed the worst of the fields in the hot sun. I was smart enough to apply sunblock and wear my big hat. There was also no water in this stretch but we stopped at the Scott
Farm (and ATC property) where there is a water spigot and port-a-potty.
I spent 4 hours there waiting for the midday heat to pass. Sat with Willard, Make Time, Go Fish, and Speaker. It was a good idea. The last climb up was quick but hard, much easier to do in the evening.
Not much else to report for today. I'm excited for the weekend hike, taking it a litle slower and also enjoying my town stop tomorrow.
Hope everyone is well. I hope not everyone is suffering through this heat wave, but I guess air conditioning might help.