Day 104: Lula Tye to Governor Clement
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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Hope everyone is doing well out there. I'm sitting in a shelter, warm and mostly dry. It is raining outside now, glad that I am not still hiking. I also avoided the midday rain too, but well get to that part later.
Woke up and hit the trail pretty early. Figured that I'd run into Specs, Redman, Slapshot, and Twigs near the tenting area (they had passed by the shelter once I was already settled.) but when I strolled on by and got water they weren't around. I tried to figure out if they were ahead or not by the mudprints (not as crazy as it sounds!) but I didn't really see many fresh looking prints. Also I was clearing cobwebs, so maybe they slept in.
A couple of decent climbs in the morning leading up to White Rocks Cliffs
From there a long decent and then another climb. There were a whole bunch of shelters today and so I kept passing by those also looking for my buddies in the register. I think they are trying to ditch me :)
Ran into more nice southbounders, though they were just sectioners. Yesterday was the only time thus far that I've seen true SOBOs (Hit and Miss) since Spaz in the Smokies. That should change soon.
We had talked last night bout going to this restaurant 0.5 off the trail for lunch and to watch the world cup game. So I head there with 13 miles done already. The road walk is quick and I'm hungry :) the guys aren't there yet but I'm still about an hour before gametime. I ask the waitress if well be able to put the game on and everything is all set up!
Unfortunately they never do arrive, but I have a good time nonetheless eating a couple lunches (yes you read that right) and watching the game. Unfortunately the game was pretty sad, though fairly exciting. Also found out chile lost yesterday... Hopefully they can find a way
to beat Brasil. Yeah right.
So I spend a total of 3.5 hours at the "Whistle Stop" before heading back to the trail with a full stomach (and empty heart...) and hike the final 7 miles up to this shelter
hikers here. It being a rainy evening though, and they've closed the access road so I think it'll be cool.
Unfortunately because of the rain I am a bit wet. (but wait didn't you say you avoided the rain??) yes, I didn't get actively rained on but some of the stretches were through thick grassy fields which soaked my pants and feet. Hopefully they'll dry out a bit overnight, but that is
a lot to ask.
The shelter has a beautiful stone fireplace but I can't really find much good dry wood, so I had a puny little fire to lift the spirits. Well, hope everyone is not too sad over the USA loss. Ghana certainly has our number. I'm still having a good time out here, but a lot of alone time lately and I'm looking to socialize more!! I'm also feeling ready to be done.
Realized today that I forgot to inform my fan club that I passed the 3/4 mark a few days back. Crazy. Also today I went under 500 mi to go. So my desires to be finished are coming at perhaps an appropriate time. I can't wait for the Nova Scotia vacation too, less than a month
till that! Alright, time to sleep. Hope the bugs don't keep me up all night like