I’m a happy hiker again!
Last night was a little rough w/a sub-par camp spot on a slant, everything damp/wet, and aches & pains keeping me awake. Temps dropped fast last night when the rain stopped, so everything that was wet last night (in other words, everything) was covered in ice this morning. Probably worst if all was that it was still too cold for the lighter & stove to work properly, so there was no coffee!
The good news is that it went steadily up from there! Was a beautiful day, and once the sun came up things started warming up & the views were, once again, awesome. Even though there was PLENTY of water with all the rain, I am happy to report that both water caches I left we’re untouched when I arrived—this makes me feel a little better about the upcoming passsges that have far fewer sources!
The highlight of the day was coming into Kentucky Csmp for an early lunch. Kentucky Camp is the restored HQ of the 18th century mining operation in the area. It is a museum of sorts, and a hikers dream! Well water from a spigot that did not require filtering, picnic tables to sit & eat, a garbage can to dispose of my trash, even an electrical outlet to recharge my phone … best of all was the cleanest outhouse I have ever seen w/a real, sit-down toilet, and plenty of toilet paper … as much TP as a hiker could need (and maybe even a little more since I used half of my rations mopping up puddles in my tent last night).
I came across a couple day hikers today—no other through-hikers (they were all hunkered down in Patagonia yesterday waiting out the rain!). One older gentleman was quite impressed I was “going all the way” and told me he has done much of the AZT in sections over the years. We had a nice chat, but I could have done without hearing about all the “real tough parts ahead.”
I quit a little early today to try to dry out my tent. I found a SWEET camp site nestled in the trees on soft, level ground, and there is even a tree stump to lean against as I write.
Daily Miles: 18.7
Total Miles: 90.6
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