Saturday 12, 2017
Manassas Gap Shelter 16.1 miles
Total mileage 1209.4
WOW! Did it rain last night for hours and hours. I was hoping it would quit so I could cook dinner, but it never stopped! I ate a couple of bars then ran out of my tent in my underwear and rain coat to pee and hang my bear bag. I was the only one in the campsite.
I woke up to a muddy tent. I wiped it down and tried to dry it off the best I could since I would have to carry all that mud and water. I was out of camp at 6:40 with enough light to see without having to use my light.
I finished up the rollercoaster with two climbs this morning. It was super humid and warm. I was soon a very sweaty mess. I was feeling pretty good this morning, but towards the end of the day I was ready to be done. I saw two more deer today. One just watched me walk by, ten yards from the trail.
I was thinking about the time remaining before I have to go back to work and I would really have to push it to complete it. And I was ready to give it a shot, but this afternoon when I was ready to be off my feet I was thinking that I would just go as far as I could get then do the rest next year before my 365 days are up. That way I could still call it a thru hike. Or maybe I could get a little more time off from work. I will see how it goes, but I don’t think I want to kill myself with big miles. Cuz, this old girl is… well Old! 😜
It was supposed to rain tonight so I am sleeping in a shelter, but it doesn’t look like it is going to rain. Bummer I could be sleeping in my tent. I love being in my tent and sleeping bag. Shelters are dirty and usually rodent infested.