Date: 17 Jan 2018 06:37PM EST
Location: Camping at TBO, Forever Florida
Today's Miles: 17.5
Total Miles: 278.0
Didn't sleep very well last night, awake until about 0200 before crashing. Up with the sun regardless, I've a hot date with a restaurant up the trail that closes at three o'clock!
Packed up pretty quickly considering, and started on my way. Was very foggy and humid this morning, meaning the beautiful tall-grassed open fields were wet with dew and as such my feet were soaked in minutes. Just have to go with it.
Bumped into two hunters who were on their way out after a week in the wilderness. They tossed me some water and ginger ale and we chatted for a good thirty minutes. Nice guys, one offered to help me out when I'm further up the trail near Tallahassee.
Uneventful day otherwise, no complaints. Plenty of sun, and only a few miles of road walking. Still a bit confused at the blazing protocol on this trail, seems to be more of a color your own adventure than a set of rules.
Made it to Forever Florida, a privately owned ecological preserve/outdoor center. Their visitors center has an amazing hot grill and they serve grass feed beef that's raised on property.
Kicked off my wet boots and changed into my camp shoes, plugged in all my electronics, and off to find a menu I went. Had myself a big ole burger with all the trimmings, fries, a fried chicken and cabbage burrito, some onion rings, and a bunch of sweet tea. Hung around charging and drinking tea for about an hour and a half before packing up and moving on.
Last few miles were extremely pleasant. Beautiful scenery, smooth enough trail, good blazing. Sleeping tonight on the preserve in one of their established campsites, has a warm shower and flush toilets.
As I was tucking in for the night low behold another thru hiker showed up after dark! With neither of us having seen another hiker for many, many days, we chatted way longer than is prudent before we both tucked in for the night. I don't want to make a trend of this, but it's actually kinda nice to finally see another person on this trail.