Date: 14 Jan 2018 07:26PM EST
Location: Camping near mile 231.2
Today's Miles: 20.3
Total Miles: 231.2
Slept pretty well until the early morning. Temperatures dropped low enough to make exposed skin start to go numb, and after that I was in and out of sleep until first light.
Packed up and walked all my stuff over to the shower house. Used the facilities, grabbed some fresh water, and chatted with someone staying at the park as I finished up my morning chores.
Headed over to the office to pay for use of the park. As I was paying two people walked in asking about a swamp buggy tour. We chatted as the ranger processed my payment and it turns out they're both Mariners who live in southern Maine but frequent the town next over to where I live. Small world.
About ten minutes in I was in water up to my knees. On and off throughout the day I encountered more water obstacles. No one likes wet feet, but there's something liberating about getting the ole dogs wet first thing. A bit like ripping a bandaid off I suppose.
Today was a pretty solid day. So many glimpses of what this trail could be, will hopefully be, in the future. Still spent a good amount of the day walking on dirt roads, but the landscape over the last day and into today has definitely transitioned into something majestic. The flora from down south is beginning to commingle with larger trees and is just stunning to walk through.
Arrived at the KICCO town campgrounds and stopped for a little bit. Took off my wet boots and socks, dried off my feet, put on some dry socks, and sat by a bend in the Kissimmee river for a little.
Got to cross a working lock today with a lock tender and everything. Cool looking setup, pretty amazing technology. Was taken a step down when a bunch of dudes on jet skis rolled up to use the lock, but still very cool.
Made a mistake in my resupply location by about ten miles. Not a big deal, just means I'll be there early tomorrow instead of this afternoon. Ego is more bruised than anything, was really looking forward to a hot meal and a cold drink.
Rolled up to my planned destination and it is a pretty cool site. Best part is it looks like it hasn't been touched in months. Decided to do something I never do when long distance backpacking: have a campfire.
Not sure if it was because of the abundance of firewood littered throughout the camping area, but after setting up the tent and spreading out my night gear, I lit a small fire in the fire pit as the sun was setting and ate my dinner of cold ramen. Fire pit had a cooking grate on it so I spiced things up a bit and warmed a couple tortillas over the fire.
Resupply tomorrow at River Ranch Resort. Word is it's going to be an expensive resupply.