Date: 18 Feb 2018 08:17PM CST
Location: Motel in Ebro, Florida
Today's Miles: 27.1
Total Miles: 942
Another alarm morning, out with the sun. Appeal is growing on me, and as long as I've got the energy on certain days I think it's the way to go.
Walked for the morning on water management district land. Interestingly enough the water management districts seem to own a lot of land, seemingly for both water purity and conservation efforts as well as management of weather-related water occurrences. In a nut, it means they own a lot of pristine land that the public is allowed to recreate on.
At the border of the WMD recreation area was more pristine forest land that has recently been clear cut. Trail used to go through said land but now is a wasteland of rubble and roots.
Walked for the large part of the rest of the day on roads. Temperature reached above 85 and the sky was cloudless. Not the best road walking conditions but I'll take hot blazing sun over rain any day.
Stopped at a gas station just after noon for some refreshments and to top off my water. Slammed a Gatorade, bought some fried chicken and sweet tea, filled up my water and packed out a second Gatorade to help beat the heat.
Reentered the woods near the end of the day. The evidence of the last few days of rain is everywhere. Brush and grasses are still flattened down well beyond the water sources that overflowed, debris is piled up around the base of trees and bushes, and many of the water bodies are still very full. Ended up having to ford/swim a large stream at the end of the day today, which was unexpected.
Decided to spent the night at a motel in Ebro, a short distance from the trail. Since I was soaked I didn't even try hitching and walked the road into town.
Showered, washed all of my dirty clothes in the sink, and hung everything else up to dry. My drying gear is strung throughout the room like some sort of conspiracy theorist linking together bits of theory and evidence, but as long as I take it all down before I leave it'll be alright.