Trail Notes – May 2

There are days when you wish you had hiked further. This is one of them. Tonight’s ‘entertainment’ is the loud, talkative, never shut up hiker at the picnic table smoking the joint I declined. This also is a side of the AT, but not one I care to participate in. Fortunately, other people arrived for him to talk at, because he was driving me nuts.

The hike today was very muddy. Pretty easy, if slippery, for five miles, then a switchback climb up a small, but steep mountain. Tomorrow is eight miles to the next shelter, putting me on track for a quick stop in Duncannon for a beer at the hiker bar, the Doyle, and a quick mail pickup (thanks, Cath). Wednesday will be four miles to Duncannon, and than four more to the next shelter. Then I plan to start increasing the miles. I hope.

Tonight’s dinner was garlic shells mixed with garlic instant mashed potatoes as a thickener. A new hiker just arrived – up from GA already, did 26 miles today. I’m impressed. 🙂

I hike on.

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