Date: 12 Feb 2018 08:20PM EST
Location: Camping near mile 786.6
Today's Miles: 16.2
Total Miles: 786.6
Woke up in a dark motel room, a bit off putting since I'm used to the sun waking me up. Cleaned up the room, packed, called the wife, and took a quick shower.
Walked the mile into town and ran a few errands. Sent a few pieces of mail out, some extra gear I haven't used back home, a piece of defective gear back to the manufacturer. Grabbed groceries for the next day or two, spent some time at the local restaurant drinking coffee, an early lunch, and talking with one of the managers as I waited for a storm to pass.
Bit of road walking out of town, a few miles up and around before being able to cross the river separating the two sections of the refuge in this area. Rest of the day was spent walking on soggy trail from the recent rains.
Bumped into not one, but two hikers today. One a northbound hiker who started a week after me, another a southbound hiker who's been walking around the USA for almost a year. We all chatted on trail for a little bit and went on our separate ways.
It's hard sometimes for me to not get all inside my own head, especially when I find out other hikers are moving quicker than I am. Most are younger, and their body's haven't sustained as much damage as mine has, but it takes some time for me to work it out in my mind.
Did alright mileage wise today, even though I didn't leave town until after noon. Unfortunately the resupply options in St. Marks weren't very substantial, so I'm going to have to find some more food pretty soon, might involve a hitch.
Camped tonight at the same site with the other NOBO hiker. Might not see him after tomorrow since he's moving a bit faster.