Date: 05 Jan 2018 0601PM EST
Location: Camping near mile 70.2
Today's Miles: 17.4
Total Miles: 70.2
Fitful sleep last night. Combination of pitching too close to a road and in a place I wasn't sure I was allowed to actually be camping. Bumped into a police office doing his rounds in a pickup truck later in the day and he said it was OK, would have been nice to know but glad it wasn't against any rules.
Water froze last night, glad I've been sleeping with my filter. Because of my precarious campsite I was up before the sun, making temperatures even colder than necessary to pack up in.
Regardless, I managed, packed a damp yet frozen tent up, shoved all my kit into my pack, and was off with the sunrise. Honey Bun in hand, shivering like crazy and hiking to warm up.
A few miles in the trail departed from the road and headed in a northerly direction. All dirt roads today paralleling a canal/waterway of sorts.
Got way too much sun, and a bit of a wind burn as well, even though the sun was behind me all day and I was bundled up and wearing a sun hat. Can't wait for that tan to come in.
The next thirty miles or so to Lake Okeechobee are all in the open on dirt roads, and it doesn't get any better going around the lake from what I’ve heard. I'll have to make sure I drink plenty of water and keep up with sun protection. I'd hate to be out here in a storm, nowhere to hide whatsoever.
Another close-to accidental twenty today. Could have kept going but decided against it, need to remember to pace myself otherwise I'll be off trail for something dumb that could have been prevented. Picked a spot up on the dike next to the canal late afternoon, pitched the tent, and vegged our for a couple of hours in the shade of my tent before the sun went down.
What a beautiful evening. Temperatures dropped fast but the sunsets here are to die for. Not as majestic as with some big ole mountains in the background, but the colors are pretty amazing still.