The first trail magic was at about 10:45 this morning as I was about to cross a road there was this bag with Sprite, Pop Tarts and Little Debbie Nutty Bars in it. Perfect lunch. I’ve never been a Pop Tart fan but today it tasted good.
The other trail magic is the shelter I’m staying at. It is located at the Mount Rogers Forest Service office and by a major highway. So I got to charge my phone in their office. That was perfect timing. I thought I was going to be without a phone for a couple of days.
The other cool thing is that we were able to order pizza delivered to here. So we got town food. I had thin crust pepperoni lovers from Pizza Hut. My favorite. What a great surprise. There is a town six miles from here.
So I started the day kind of down hiking in the rain and thinking I wasn’t going to have use of my phone. The rain didn’t last very long and then the day ended beautifully with this shelter. 19 miles today.
Last night I slept awesome. I think maybe the best I’ve slept yet. I got up about 5:00 and was on the trail by 6:15.
Tonight at my shelter is Engineer, Panda, Billy Goat, Timber and Georgia Peach. This shelter holds 14 but is pretty empty. It appears that Engineer and I are ahead of the bubble. The biggest crowd is behind us. We are seeing fewer hikers and campers as we go. Of course a lot of people have dropped out too. Only one in four hikers complete the whole thing. They say more than 50% of the drop outs have already dropped.
I think I’m making fewer friends than most. Engineer and I are faster than most so we don’t get to know as many people.
I started out without and couldn’t stand the smell of myself. Finally after about three weeks I couldn’t stand it anymore. After the blizzard when I went to Erwin I bought some at Walgreens. Great addition to my pack. It works. I’m not saying I smell great, but I certainly don’t stink like I did before.
Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain all day. The only good thing about that is that I don’t get hot and sweaty.