Day 75...75% of the way there (In days)


I woke to my alarm going off at 5:30 am. I wanted to get a few more minutes of rest, just five or so, I closed my eyes and when I awoke again it was already 6 am. It was raining this morning, a slow rain, but it kept up until 1 pm. The terrain was tricky. The trail was mostly rock going up and down mountains and very wet. The conditions made for some slow going. But after a while, it leveled outish and I was able to go a bit faster.

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I woke to my alarm going off at 5:30 am. I wanted to get a few more minutes of rest, just five or so, I closed my eyes and when I awoke again it was already 6 am. It was raining this morning, a slow rain, but it kept up until 1 pm. The terrain was tricky. The trail was mostly rock going up and down mountains and very wet. The conditions made for some slow going. But after a while, it leveled outish and I was able to go a bit faster.

I ran into 2 groups of 2 sobo hikers.  Each time I was about to stand off to the side of the trail and let them through, they waved me on and as I passed them, they gave the Southbound Salute. One of them stood on each side of the trail. They then lifted up their trekking poles and crossed them until I passed under. I thought it was pretty cool.

I also came across a marker noting the site of Shay's Rebellion of 1787. Shay's Rebellion is when the citizen's revolted against the government seizures of their land.  Apparently, the government and banks only accepted hard currency for debts and taxes after the Revolutionary War, although they had paid soldiers with less valuable paper money.  

After just a little bit of hiking, my feet were completely soaked, and they stayed saturared for most of the day.  This caused a few blisters to form. But nothing too bad. I will let my feet air our tonight and treat them in the morning.  

Around 5 pm I came to an absolutely beautiful lake and stopped there to think and just enjoy the beauty and peace of the place. After another hour and a half of hiking, I arrived at South Wilcox Mountain Shelter. I was the only one staying in the shelter tonight.  There were a few people staying in tents though, so another very quiet evening.

Miles 24.5

Laurel Spring Campsite to South Wilcox Mountain Shelter

Location: Latitude: 42.20726, Longitude: -73.26730

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