Saturday, May 07, 2016; AT Mile 250.4
Walked from 237.8 to 247.2 or 10.0 miles.
Started 06:19 AM, stopped 02:40 PM.
Ave mph was 1.20, excluding lunch.
Battery used: 3 percent
Today was peculiar. Nice and clear as I left the hostel. Square Peg was there and seemed to be the only one up. Nice to pack up in a room with a glass front. The porch was placed over a strong stream. But the little cabin wasn't heated. So used the sleeping bag. I'm going to do a separate blog/review on Standing Bear Farm. See that write-up for more details.
Until noon the winds were strong and cold. The sun has finally come out so its warming a bit. A section hiker stopped as I was setting up my tent. He said winds on Max Patch (up and I do mean up the trail 2.5 miles) were 60 mph today. He may have been exaggerating, but figure he was close. It caused him to go south to the next shelter.
Lots of greenery and flowers today. Big up out of the hostel that ended in a bald with an air traffic control (ATC) facility on top. The fence was close so I don't think it was active radar or hikers would be fried. Probably just a communications facility and/or passive collection.
Since then it's been ups and downs. My sore heel became a sore ankle today. I don't know what's going on with it. But it's the reason I stopped early. Seems better if I keep the foot and ankle straight.
The water was pretty spotty. At the last forest service road there was supposed to be a culvert 50 yards north. But three roads converged with two going north. Used the AT Hiker app and went up the indicated road. There was a little culvert with a trickle coming out. Enough water to camp!
Then I found this camp site and couldn't resist!
Have a good day!