Date: 20 Jan 2018 08:21PM EST
Location: Camping near mile 344.1
Today's Miles: 17.9
Total Miles: 344.1
Woke up before the sun and was up and walking as the sun rose. Got tempted by a blue blazed short cut, but hiked the orange blazed loop through some swampy swamp and ancient looking forest land.
Some very beautiful trail this morning, although much of it unmaintained yet again.
Made it to the town of Christmas around noon and walked the mile to the grocer and a gas station for resupply. Between the hot food at the grocer, and the items in stock at the gas station, I was able to scrape together a day or two of food until the next town.
Ate two hamburgers, a mess of french fries, and two cokes while my electronics charged. Ended up befriending a local man while I ate who not only had no idea that the Florida Trail was in his back yard (almost literally), but who also didn't know that long distance backpacking was even a thing.
He stuck around for quite some time and kept sheepishly coming over to ask another question or two. Even insisted on driving me the mile back to the trail so I could show him where it pops back into the woods so he could be on the lookout for hikers in the future.
Just as I got back to the trail and was walking past an RV park the trail is next to, a few retirees yelled over at me and asked how far I was hiking. After the initial shock of my answer of ”Pensacola”, and a few exchanges back and forth, we figured out we all live twenty minutes from each other in Maine. They tossed me a beer for the road and wished me luck with all the critters.
Remainder of the afternoon was light enough. A bunch more unmaintained trail, but it's better than hoofing it on pavement. Walked a bit later than usual into the evening to make up for my time in town. Found a nice little spot aside the trail in a field I assume is used to put horses in for the evening since it borders a horse trail that intersects the FT.