Day 91: RPH to Wiley
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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After hitting the hay last night, a nice thunderstorm rolled in. (nice, meaning that it was mostly just gentle rain, heat lightning, and minimal winds... Not the kind that keep us up!)
Slept pretty well and woke up to everyone stirring. Did the usual morning activities and hit the trail at 7:15. The trail was really wet and slippery due to all the rain, and my mind tends to wander while hiking. I got a wake up call when suddenly I noticed I was laying on my back looking up at the trees. It happened so fast it didn't even register I was falling. Luckily I just landed on my pack and only my hand got damaged since it was attached to my hiking pole. Only a flesh wound!
I paid a little more attention to the trail for the rest of the day!! But who wants to hear about the boring old AT... Let's talk about what's OFF the trail!!! I'm talking deli! After 5 mi hiking just a quick .3 up the road is a grocery/ deli place. I order a breakfast sandwich and a cinnamon roll. Mmmm! I love second breakfasts. Also used this opportunity to buy a couple more (overpriced) supplies to get to the next resupply.
Hiking, despite the slipperyness, came easy today. The terrain was level, a total of only three 500 ft climbs. I think we are getting a bit spoiled through this part. New England is going to be a lot of work. Taking advantage of the conditions and shelter locations, I hiked 25 to this shelter. Throw in a nice 45 min lunch at telephone pioneer shelter and there's my day! Really pretty amazing how I can go on for so many paragraphs eh? Arrived at this shelter which is luckily only alpine and lights out, a section hiker. The rain started right after dinner (cheesy mashed potatos and salmon steak) and looks like it's going to come down for a while.
There's a quote, I think it's from anchorman that goes like "30 percent of the time it rains 100 percent of the time" well this seems to be the AT experience. I use my phone to check the weather when I can. Anytime the prediction of rain is 20 percent or more, it rains. Here's to some drier weather soon. Walking on wet bog boards (probably the same coefficient of friction as ice) is scary. No one wants to fall into the bog.
And for the first time in ages, I don't have service. Must be leaving the population centers behind. I'll try to get this up asap tomorrow for all you dedicated readers. Maybe I should start charging a subscription :)
Nitey nite don't let the Mosquitos (or biting gnats, or deer flies) bite!