Date: 07 Jan 2018 06:55PM EST
Location: Camping near mile 105.3
Today's Miles: 15.0
Total Miles: 105.3
Woke up to less of a chill than the past few days, guess the weather man was right that it's supposed to start warming up over he next few days.
Slept better last night since I strategically picked my camping spot. Even though there was a road very close by, there was also a canal between me and the road. Access points were sporadic, placed a good mile or two apart, so I camped directly between two of these access bridges to give myself the most standoff distance as possible.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not scared of being attacked or something, but as tall fences make good neighbors and strong locks keep people honest, I'd like to remove any temptation of getting screwed with while I rest.
Packed up and off I went hiking through the tall grass for a mile or two until being dumped onto another dirt road. With the promise of town food driving strong, I tackled the road walk, construction detour, and further road walking in stride.
Landed at a gas station outside of Clewiston around noon and grabbed myself a big ole sports drink and a sugar cone of some delicious ice cream. As I sat outside enjoying the spoils of the day, I charged my electronics at an outlet and planned out where'd I'd go while in Clewiston.
I originally planned on heading to one of the Chinese buffets in town, but after some brief Googling it turns out one of the restaurants is closed and by the comments, the other should be condemned. Decided on a Mexican restaurant instead and was not disappointed. After a few quesadillas, a gallon or two of sweet tea, and a few baskets of tortilla chips, I wandered out into town proper to look for a suitable store to resupply at.
A lot of the businesses in this town are closed for some reason. Some seasonal closures, others permanent, but I got a weird run down vibe from the place overall. Stumbled upon a Walgreens and while not my first choice of resupply it definitely worked.
Bought supplies for fifty miles of hiking, some snacks to eat as I walked out of town, and off I went.
Stopped by two local lodging establishments just to see what they had to offer. The first one looked at me incredulously, the second wasn't keen on me staying either.
Definitely a trend forming there that isn't present on any other trails I've hiked: the locals have practically zero knowledge that a national scenic trail literally *runs down the main street of their town*.
Made it back to the trail as it links up with the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (abbreviated appropriately as LOST), whereupon I found a construction site directly in the way of where I needed to walk. After much consternation and searching, I managed to find an unmarked and very well hidden path around the construction site.
At this point darkness was upon me, the mosquitos out in force with the warming weather, and the bypass trail only a foot and a half wide with no places to camp.
Finally popped out back on the LOST/FNST. Dumped my pack, set up my tent in the dark, crawled in and splayed out my sleeping kit.
Looks like it's supposed to hover around 60 degrees Fahrenheit tonight. With temps like that and a cool breeze blowing off the lake, I couldn't ask for better sleeping weather.