Date: 28 Mar 2019 8:06PM MST
Location: Camping near mile 349.8
Today's Miles: 16.2
Total Miles: 349.8
Soild day today.
Rough night of sleep, managed to sleep in a bit though to help balance things out.
Camped near a group of section hikers, five older gentlemen who were out for a couple of days. Woke up to the sound of them packing up as the sun was rising.
Phone attempted to commit suicide today by leaping out of my side belt pocket into a spring, something that hasn't happen in over 7,000 miles of hiking. Thankfully the tough case I'm using prevent it from smashing on the rocks, or drowning in the water it plunged into.
Twelve mile jaunt to the marina where I am to figure out my resupply strategy for the next 120 miles of walking, just the right amount of distance to cover before getting sucked in for an afternoon of chatting and resting with other hikers, which is exactly what happened.
There's no real good place to hop off trail until the town of Pine, and the marina didn't really have the best resupply options, so I'm glad I packed a couple of extra days of food out of Superior. Usually I'm against carrying any more than I need, but this carry saved me a bit of extra time having to hitch 40 miles to a small town and get bogged down trying to get back.
Stuffed my face with two pot pies and a large can of beans, washed down with a liter of Dr. Pepper and some root beer before rifling through the hiker box for a few extra supplies. Another hiker who was finishing up a section offered a few extra food stuffs he didn't need, and I rounded out the rest of my food supply with a couple of frozen burritos and hot pockets from the marina convenience store.
Sipped on a cider before pushing back out to the trail. Spent a bit more time than I needed, but still managed to get out before anyone else, and they all showed up before me - the vortex is real.
Beautiful walk around Lake Roosevelt to round out the day. Pretty crazy sight to see a huge manmade lake in the middle of the desert, but the views were amazing even if the climb out of town was a bit rough.
Oh, and I've seen so many rattle snakes I've started to keep track.
Rattlesnake count: 11
110 miles to the town of Pine.