Date: 17 Feb 2018 07:55PM CST
Location: Camping near mile 914.9
Today's Miles: 26.6
Total Miles: 914.9
Set the alarm this morning, a bit of a mind screw setting it an hour earlier than usual due to crosaing time zones.
Packed up in the dark, managed to finish just as the sun was rising.
Passed a tent I recognized real close to where I set up, hiker showed up late last night. He's usually an early starter, curious why he wasn't up yet I continued on.
Gas station a few miles up the road provided a cold drinks, a water refill, and some charge for my electronics. Said hiker showed up a little after I did and I guessed right, he didn't know the time zone changed and set his alarm for an hour later.
We walked for most of the day together in direct and hot sun along a relatively busy paved road. Fifteen miles in we stopped at a Dollar General just off trail to refill our water, and parted ways because he had an in for a hot shower and place to stay for the night.
What a beautiful place the Econfina section is. Walked the rest of the day next to a narrow but fast moving river that has carved deeply into the earth.
Walked on into the dark, just didn't feel finished yet when the sun went down. Might have to do with the time zone change.
Camped tonight aside the river, the crickets and other bugs are chirping and making some pretty loud noise. Campsite is closed for construction but open to thru hikers, which is much appreciated since it's a weekend and there have been a large amount of people out and about today.