Date: 16 Feb 2018 01:21AM EST
Location: Camping near mile 869.4
Today's Miles: 30
Total Miles: 869.4
Woke up in a pretty cruddy campsite, but I figured things out alright. Took my time, packed things up slowly, managed.
A lot of dirt road walking today, much because the trail is pretty torn up in this part of the forest. Swampy areas with missing board walks, deep water and mud, but overall some pretty beautiful land.
Around noon I arrived at a drive in campsite just on the edge of the National Park. They had outlets and showers, and the sun was shining high in the sky, so I plugged all my things in and grabbed a hot shower. Washed my hiking clothes in the shower as well and put them back on wet to air dry.
Grounds keeper came over to check and see what I was up to, ended up chatting for a few minutes and giving me some doughnuts.
Walked out of the park with little fanfare and hit the road. Next few days is going to include a lot of road walking, and while not my favorite it allows me to put in some good high mileage days.
Walking towards town for the night my camping opportunities became less and less ideal, disappearing entirely with private property signs filling the gaps between homes. As the sun was setting I saw a woman on an ATV and asked her if she knew anywhere I could set up for the night, she kindly offered me up a spot on her land.
As I was settling in for the evening her husband and son came looking to make sure I was alright, some tacos in hand. They invited me back to their house for more food and drinks and to sit inside.
Ended up hanging and talking until well after midnight.
Very nice people, another reason to return to this part of the world someday.