Saturday May 20, 2017
Fingerboard Shelter 14.2 miles
Total mileage 365.3
The terrian has changed and I am going have to adjust my mileage. The climbing and descending that I am doing has really started to bother my knees so I think I will go back to low mileage days until things start to feel better. I am trying to get into town on Sunday night because it is supposed to rain all day on Monday so this is going to be my last push of mileage. Then I will just take the rain as it comes. I may even have to hold up in a shelter to stay safe and out of thunderstorms.
I noticed this morning that I was missing my spoon and I remember using it at the ice cream shop yesterday and I think I threw it out by mistake. 😠 I was so tired yesterday evening I couldn’t think straight. Some hikers say that the trail provides. Well…As I was hiking this morning I decided to stop and eat my breakfast at the next road crossing and just add extra water to it and basically drink it. I would just have soupy oatmeal. When I got to the road there was a table and chair with a box of supplies for thru hikers. In the box of supplies was a lone plastic knife! Score! Not only could I eat my breakfast I could sit in a chair at a table.
I saw a lot of people on the trail today. There was a group of boy scouts that included 24 kids and 12 adults plus all the other hikers and day hikers. When I got to the shelter there was another group of boy scouts plus a group of national guard men with inner-city kids. Luckily it was a very large shelter area with plenty of tenting.
It is hard to get a good visual with the above picture, but I walked through this area. It is called the lemon squeezer. I tried to go through with my pack on but I ended up having to take it off and walk through sideways.