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Excellent Mountaineering Path – Working day 16

Day-to-day Miles: 20
Overall Miles: 253
It rained for numerous hrs last night time, but was rather substantially completed shortly immediately after it got dim.  When we received up, it was no surprise to see a number of slugs on our equipment.  That has been a day by day issue in the previous week.
We got up at 5am once more, because we experienced a lot of miles to do and we had set a time with Beardoh’s close friend, Aaron, to choose us up at 5pm.
We did not actually want to have so numerous miles on our past day, but we are at the mercy of exactly where the campsites are situated, since the SHTA prohibits tenting outdoors of the selected campsites.  This is due to the fact the trail crosses so considerably private land.  But the camps are not evenly unfold out…sometimes there are two camps inside of a mile of each other, and often there can be a lot more than 10 miles in between camps.  This can make it a bit demanding to have dependable each day miles.
It was rather heat when we started out hiking, so we determined to only dress in rain jackets, and not trousers.  Even nevertheless the moist plants on the sides of the trail would get our legs damp, we realized it would be much too heat to have rain trousers on.
We utilised our headlamps for the initial fifty percent hour or so.  As the daylight arrived, we ended up happy to see blue skies for our last day.  We haven’t observed the sunlight for about five times, so it was awesome to see items clearing up.
This morning, we ran into a further via-hiker (placing our rely at 10 – with JJ and SweetPea tied).  She pointed out that she had camped with yet another thru-hiker previous evening, but he was however in his hammock when she left camp.  So, we figured JJ would earn soon plenty of.
Nowadays experienced a lot of going for walks on snow mobile trails, which isn’t our favourite.  We did see the most wildlife right now (a really very low bar).  We saw two deers (this was incredibly noteworthy, as our first deer of the path and we have seen no deer poop on the path) and a porcupine.  Of course we noticed/listened to a number of grouse, but we have viewed/read various grouse every single one day of the journey.
We did not see the thru-hiker in the hammock as we were being strolling, so we stopped into the camp the place he experienced slept and we took a break.  Unfortunately for JJ, the dude was nonetheless in his hammock and we didn’t get to fulfill him, so we couldn’t count him.
The miles ended up coming quicker than we anticipated, so we texted Aaron and asked him to meet us at 3:30pm as a substitute.  As soon as we had that new deadline, we were being on a mission.
The last quarter mile of the hike was on a paved highway.  It was a pretty enjoyable 1/4 mile…we ran into a dude just beginning his via-hike, so JJ gained the count in the remaining seconds.  Now he can enjoy a Blizzard all by himself.  And just right after that, we got some trail magic!  A car driving by, stopped and asked if we ended up thru-mountaineering.  When we explained indeed, she questioned if we desired some danishes and we said of course.  Turns out, her father (who was in the motor vehicle) had just concluded climbing the Appalachian Path, so they needed to pay the path magic forward.
The danishes had been a nice handle to get pleasure from as we waited for Aaron to get there.  We took some images with a Excellent Hiking Path indicator around the parking great deal and then just laid down as we waited for our trip.
 

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