Tuesday May 9, 2017
Stelth Campsite 15.8 miles
Total mileage 195.8
I took a zero day at the Rock N Sole Hostel yesterday. I really enjoyed my stay there minus the outside shower in cold weather. The place was awesome and the owners were very kind. I slept in the basement of there home and it was much nicer than the Doyle Hotel. This is the first hostel that I had the pleasure of staying at that included dinner and breakfast with your stay. I sat down to a table already set with napkins neatly folded, silverware on top and filled glasses of water or juice. Pretty fancy!
I began hiking at 7:45 this morning and PA kicked my butt today. I think it has to do with my very heavy food bag. I’m carrying enough food for 100 miles and it took a toll. Also the rocks were plentiful today. I should be coming up to some very hard rocky sections soon.
I trail was pretty boring today. I started off in a prescribed burn area. If it was foggy this section would have looked really eerie.
I am stealth camping tonight all by myself on top a a mountain looking down into town with all the lights a glow. It’s quite beautiful. I had a very hard time getting my tent setup tonight because of all the rocks just under the topsoil. I couldn’t get my tent stakes in the ground very well and had even considered moving on. I got most of them about half way in and left it, hoping for calm winds. Unfortunately things did not improve as the night went on. It took me about 12 attempts to get my bear bag line over a tree limb to hang up my food. Then the rope was so thin and my food bag so heavy I couldn’t pull it up. I was getting really frustrated! 😠 So I grabbed the bear line and turned away from the tree and proceded to walk away with the bear line over my shoulder like a sack of potatos to a nearby tree to tie it of to. Mission accomplished!