Tuesday, 3 July
|Destination: Moreland Gap Shelter||Today’s Miles: 18.4|
|Start Location:Elk Park, NC – Mountain Harbour Hostel||Trip Miles: 414.4|
Today was my longest day so far, over eighteen miles. The spacing of shelters and hostels sort of determines my daily distance since I want to be able to sleep dry in the case of a thunderstorm. Mountain Harbour hostel is known for its all you can eat breakfast 🍛. As much as I desire bacon 🐷 and eggs 🍳, I had to pass. Breakfast was at eight which meant not getting on the trail until nine. Since I would be hiking at much lower elevation, I knew it would be warm 🌞today. I could have five miles done before nine while it was a little cooler. 😊 So I was off at six thirty.
Today had no long or steep sections compared to the last couple weeks. Legs and lungs were not the issue today but the heat 🔥 was by the afternoon. I passed a bunch of hikers heading south in the morning, only one older lady 👵 hiking north in the afternoon. Fortunately, there is lots of water 💧 so I stayed hydrated and took frequent breaks. There were nowhere near the views of the views 🗻 of yesterday.
I got to the shelter about three. There are three guys here. Two look like they are hammocking and were trying to boil water over a fire 🔥. The other guy, Wet Dog, had his tent set up in the shelter but took it down. The lady 👵I passed, Pathfinder, came in here as well. The guys are all a little shady looking but probably so am I after five weeks. I am in my tent near the shelter.
I figured out another source of stink today. I was showered 🚿 and had clean clothes 👕 on this morning. When I put my pack on, I realized that the shoulder straps stink. Getting that clean gives me something to figure out when I get home.
It is into Boots 👢 Off Hostel tomorrow. This will be my last hostel and resupply before Damascus. Plan is to be in Damascus on Saturday unless rain ⚡ or heat 🔥 change the plan.