Date: 13 Feb 2018 07:57PM EST
Location: Camping near mile 819.3
Today's Miles: 32.7
Total Miles: 819.3
Long day today.
Got up pretty early, set my alarm and was packed up and walking before the sun was up.
After a mile of walking I came upon detour signage, trail through a really swampy area used to have a boardwalk which no longer exists.
Luckily the road walk took me right past a dollar store which is perfect, because I wasn't quite sure how I was going to do my resupply for the next few days.
While walking back to the trail I came upon a BBQ restaurant, so of course I stopped for a bite to eat. Had some sort of combo platter, it was pretty delicious.
Rest of the afternoon was spent motoring towards Bradwell Bay, a wilderness area on national forest land. Very nice piece of land, loads of pines and cypresses intermixed.
Was slowed down pretty hard the last two miles of the night, being dropped right into the middle of the bay. It's not a swamp per se, but there's definitely a lot of water here. It's as if someone had taken the standard forest floor of the area and added 10-12 inches of standing water all of a sudden. It's mucky, and muddy, with deep holes scattered throughout and slows you down pretty hard.
Arrived at my destination, but am severely disappointed. It's a piece of dry land in a very wet area, which is great(!), but it's so overgrown that there are so very few places to put a tent. Currently wedged in too close for comfort between a bunch of prickly bushes, thorny vines, and standing water. Goes to show that just because something is designated a "camping area" doesn't mean it's viable, especially in wilderness locations.
Hit 800 miles today. Not sure if my shoes are going to make it. They're holdovers from the PCT, and while they already had some miles on them I figured I could stretch them for the whole trail down here. I estimate they have over 1100 miles on them currently, probably going to have to get a new set shipped out to me.
Home stretch, really looking forward to getting back up to Maine and be home with my family.