We are without Maple Syrup today.. He got up super early and hiked to town. He went to go find a clinic about his toe. We were unaware he was having this problem.. it’s not clear whether he got to a clinic, but we did get a message that he ordered a new pair of shoes and will be back on the trail when they arrive. Hopefully he’ll catch up.
Tomorrow we are going 19 miles and will be staying at a $20 bunkhouse. Here we’ll be able to shower and launder our clothes included in that price. Pretty good deal.
The morning hike seemed hard to me. I stopped for lunch next to a highway and ate some peanut butter and honey on tortilla. Engineer caught up to me here. We learned there was a hostel only one tenth of a mile away with food. We walked there and Engineer ate a pizza. Timber and I had ice cream since we had already eaten. I was able to call my daughter and tell her happy birthday. It ended up being a two hour lunch.
The weather was perfect. I took advantage at the hostel to take my shoes and socks off for a while. They were wet from a stream crossing and an hour of sun did some magic to them. Because of the long lunch and high mileage we arrived at this shelter just before dark. It’s a brand new shelter with a front porch.
Alps is going off trail temporarily to visit Washington DC. I guess we are only about a one hour drive away. Engineer and Timber are here along with Toothless, Snap, Piñata, Asswipe and some others I don’t remember.