Bryant Ridge Shelter to Punchbowl Shelter – 35.3 miles – “When I’m On, I’m On”
I wake when a mouse runs across my head at 4:55 AM. (I am kind of surprised by this incident because this shelter is a nicer one, but then, there are some crappy shelters where I haven’t had a problem with mice.) I am hiking north 30 minutes later.
I am rolling! It’s a hot, gorgeous day again, close to 90 degrees. I handle the heat better than yesterday. I cover 22.6 miles by 1:45 PM and 26.5 miles by 3 PM when I get to the next shelter. It’s definitely too early to stop, so I continue to the next shelter for 35.3 miles on the day. I arrive at 6:15 PM. I figure I better stop here.
Mudderfingers and his girlfriend, Cool Story, tell me a trail angel named Fresh Grounds is providing trail magic, a full spread of food, at Hog Camp Gap, which is about 17 miles into tomorrow. This sounds great! Mudderfingers looks familiar and I realize I had randomly seen his gear videos on YouTube a while ago. These two have been out here since February! They are tenting, so it’s just me in the shelter tonight.
I feel great, but I need new shoes for sure.