Date: 12 Jan 2018 07:58PM EST
Location: Camping near mile 190.3
Today's Miles: 23.1
Total Miles: 190.3
Pretty warm night last night, and as such I didn't sleep very well. Got up at first light, managed to get out of camp before 0800. Definitely getting much more proficient at setting up and tearing down camp, as one does when they're on a long distance backingpacking expedition.
Beautiful start today, that early morning sun was just pouring through the palm trees and local flora. Trail was a bit hard to follow, even though the local trail club has done a pretty solid job marking the trail in this area.
Loads of crisscrossing dirt roads, game trails, and other paths made it so you couldn't see where the actual trail was, and with so few people on this trail to begin with in most areas there isn't a beaten down path to follow.
Definitely a huge part of the allure of the Florida Trail, reminds me a lot of when I hiked the Long Trail in Vermont.
Took a short side trip to a small country store mid day. Had myself a nicely sized pulled pork sandwich, a side of fries, and a healthy dose of sweet tea. Fries didn't make the picture, gobbled them down pretty quickly.
Quite a bit of road walking today. Started thinking that up to this point on trail, about two hundred miles in, short of the three days in the swamp swamp of Big Cypress I don't think there's been a single day on trail where I haven't set foot on a road of some sort.
I knew going into this hike that upwards of 30% of it would be on roads, but actually experiencing it is a different animal altogether. I'm absolutely looking forward to the day that the Florida Trail Association manages to get the roadwalks down to an insignificant portion of the trail. If and when that happens I would highly suggest anyone who hasn't hiked this trail get on it before the crowds do. I might even return myself someday.
Rounded up the day walking though some pretty spectacular prairies and farmlands, ending at a campsite just outside a slough. Been a pretty dry day for water sources, so let me thank the awesome trail angel who left a few gallons of water close to this campsite for thru hikers.
It's a weekend, which I wasn't directly aware of until I arrived at the campsite. There's a bow hunter here with a pretty incredible camping setup, says he's been coming here for a couple of years and usually has the place to himself. He had a generator set up and let me fully charge my electronics, so we chatted late into the evening until the mosquitos got unbearable and we botnescaped into our tents.
Solid day, feel good. Have some sort of minor issue inside one of my toes. We'll see how it pans out.