Date: 19 Feb 2018 08:17PM CST
Location: Camping near mile 973.4
Today's Miles: 31.4
Total Miles: 973.4
Slept like a rock last night. Didn't get to sleep until around midnight, but I didn't wake or stir until the morning, which doesn't happen very often. Guess I was exhausted.
Puttered around the motel room chatting with the wife on the phone, slowly picking up my things and packing up. Did a bit of math, checked prices online, bought a plane ticket home out of Pensacola, FL. Prices pushed the ticket out 2-3 days later than my hiking would get me there, but the price difference was worth it. Looks like I'll be taking it a bit slower, which probably won't be a welcome change but it can't be helped at this point.
Stopped at the gas station next to the motel and grabbed half a gallon of chocolate milk and two foot long sandwiches for the road.
Turns out that some of the local rivers are above flood stage, so quite a bit of trail is unsafely underwater. Ended up spending the whole day on busy roads, the end of the day being on an actual divided highway. Luckily there is a construction project going on so the standoff from oncoming traffic was pretty reasonable.
Walked a short distance off the road walk to a Publix grocery store and grabbed provisions for the next two days. Still have food from my previous resupply, so it was pretty quick. Charged up my phone out front while I ate some sushi and rice pudding.
Hiked out into the sunset, continuing on well after dark. Arrived at where the trail connects and leads along the border of the Elgin Air Force base, tucking myself into the trees after finding a flat spot for the night.