Long day today. I’m tired. 22 miles mostly up hill. Gained about 2200 feet of elevation.
I hiked with Saunter for about three hours this morning. He’s a very interesting man. 67 years old. He teaches backpacking at a college in Tennessee. He was definitely a 1960s hippie. He hitch hiked over 40,000 miles in the 60s and 70s.
Engineer got ahead of me. He is so fast. I’ll probably see him Sunday. He’s going to take a zero in Damascus on Saturday. I will get there around noon on Saturday. I’ll get a hostel for the night and resupply. Engineer and I will both be starting Sunday morning.
The water sources on th AT are plentiful and regular. I’m amazed how many natural springs there are. The water sometimes will just be coming right out of the side of the mountain. Many hikers don’t even bother filtering it if it’s from a Spring. I’m not talking that chance. The water tastes great. It reminds me of the well water I grew up on.
If it’s warm I go through about a gallon a day. I have a 3 liter bladder I carry in my pack and my 22oz bottle on my belt.
I spend about 30 minutes every day filtering my water.