Date: 08 Feb 2018 07:22PM EST
Location: Camping near mile 708.2
Today's Miles: 24
Total Miles: 708.2
Rough night last night. Between my air mattress deflating a few times, to the smell of manure being so strong it woke me up on multiple occasions, it was less than ideal.
Set an alarm to wake up before sunrise due to the precarious nature of my tent site. While there were no posted signs, and I was tucked into the trees pretty well, I still didn't want to be woken up by someone knocking on my tent or yelling what I was doing there.
Entire day of road walking today. Pretty uneventful for the morning, arrived at your stereotypical interstate exit ramp location. Gas stations on either side of the road and some fast food joints.
Spent an hour and a half at McDonald's eating, charging, using the facilities.
Left around noon with a full belly and a cup of sweet tea. Walked past a "Jellystone" themed Yogi Bear campground. I always thought Jellystone was in California, but I might just be confusing it with Yellowstone.
Pleasant enough rest of the day, the road walk getting increasingly rural throughout. A bit discouraging to be walking on country roads and seeing nothing but fences and posted signs.
And churches. Loads of churches. Passed something like four churches in ten miles today, with more along the road tomorrow.
With little public land available on this stretch, I ended up in the way back corner of a cemetery's property. It's a pretty sizable plot with a lot of planned room for expansion, so there aren't any graves in the area, but I still can't help but think what would happen if the wrong type of southerner found me camped out here.
Think I might have an infection on my thighs, similar to what I got on the PCT. It just occurred to me, I can't help but think it's related to my microfiber pack towel being a disgusting bacteria-ridden disease cloth. I don't wash it nearly enough, and I use it for a lot of tasks, from wiping down a wet tent to drying myself off after a rainstorm before getting into my sleeping clothes.
If experience has taught me anything, time sure will tell!