Day 22: Back at it

Hike Days

It was a good first day back. Just did an easy 10.9 miles out of Duncannon. My feet are the only things that hurt! That’s a wonderful feeling. 
I flew into Harrisburg yesterday and was picked up by a Trail Angel named Mary who took me to Duncannon. Mary has been helping out hikers since 2001 when she started staying in the Riverfront Campground (where I stayed last night) after becoming homeless in Harrisburg. When she first started staying at the Campground, she noticed hikers coming in and out, and so she started talking to them and getting to know the trail scene. She figured the hikers needed extra potassium so when she would go to the grocery store, she’d buy an extra bunch of bananas to give to hikers passing through. That then turned into providing shuttles to hikers for a little extra cash and giving trail magic a few times a week! She now lives in an apartment in Duncannon, and she’s the same lady I blogged about earlier who handed over her keys to some of my friends to go see a movie in Harrisburg. 
She also told me about Jester (and then I subsequently met him), a triple-crowner (which means he’s hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail). This is his 15-year anniversary of hiking the AT, so he’s celebrating by doing it again. And this time, he’s filming in order to make a documentary about it. He’s already made movies about the CDT and the PCT named “Embrace the Brutality” and “Wizards of the PCT” respectively, but I haven’t seen either one. They’ll go on the list of post-hike movies to watch! 

The ridge runner of this section of trail gave us trail magic today! Soda pops and fruit. I drank one soda and took another one to drink at the shelter.
I’ve been at the shelter since 1 this afternoon. I debated about going further, but the next shelter isn’t for another 18 miles. I’ll leave that for tomorrow.
Just one photo today of another cat wanting to be my friend. Ugh.

 Cat at the campground last night. He freaked me out this morning when I saw his paw reach up under my rainfly. 

Days 8 & 9: Trail Magic!!

Hike Days

Wednesday was Day 8, and I did my biggest day so far of 18 miles. Part of my hike on Wednesday included half of The Roller Coaster, a 13.5 mile stretch of steep ascents and descents that kicked my butt. Just as I was pulling myself out of the third ascent, I saw a white tent set up next to the trail in a clearing. MY FIRST TRAIL MAGIC!!! A group of people were cooking hotdogs and handing out pops, snickers, chips, doughnuts, and fruit to hikers. I had a couple bags of chips, a Pepsi, a doughnut and a Snickers. It was seriously the best timing!! I got to the shelter and found Darwin, Snuggles, Rube, Hip Flask and Earth already there. Because we had walked in the rain for four days, the six of us decided to sleep in the shelter so our tents wouldn’t get wet.

It stormed through the night and was pouring when we woke up. The others got around quicker than I did, but I finally made myself get up and out in the rain by 7:30.

I did about 15 miles today (finished off the Roller Coaster), and got to camp about 2:30. I was debating doing the additional 8 miles to Harper’s Ferry to sleep in a bed, take a shower and get into dry clothes, but after I ate some ramen, I decided to stay with the crew. Oh, AND I crossed over to West Virginia and passed the 100-mile mark of my hike! Yes!

I’m laying in my sleeping bag now trying to stay warm! Water is a quarter mile away so I’m hoping I don’t need any more for the night!

I just have 8 miles to do tomorrow and then I’m taking a zero on Saturday. Then back to the trail on Sunday!

Here’s hoping the rain stops soon!!

  Finished Virginia!! Over 100 miles done. Lips are purple because it’s freezing.

  White blaze in the rain.

This is what a good chunk of the trail looked like on Day 8.