Day 2 out of Harpers Ferry, thought my hard work on our schedule was moot last night. We were short on miles due to getting out of town three hours behind plan, we were 4 miles short for the day. Late start and water issues set our camp last night. Plan for today was go to the second shelter about nine miles up the trail. We made that by lunch time. Decided to head for the next shelter, would make for a long day but we were feeling good. We made the Pine knob shelter at 4:45PM. 16.6 miles in 7hr15min total time. Out feet are sore, but not blistered. Backs sore, but not raw. Tomorrow is only 13 miles and
Last night the wind picked up and about 2:30AM the pitter patter of rain drops on the tent woke us up. Rain continued off and on the rest of the night, we stayed snug, dry and warm in our nylon cocoons filed with feathers. CC was very pleased with her new bag, it actually performed as advertised. We were up and out of the tent by 6:30AM packing up our gear and making breakfast. We were the last Northbounders out of the shelter at 8:20AM, 15 min behind some weekend hikers. There was a light drizzle and we both had rain gear on. The weather improved as the dray progressed. There was real heavy traffic
on the trail today. HAM was held today Hike Across Maryland. You think we are a bit touched, these guys and gals run/walk from the PA/MD line to Harpers Ferry, 41 miles before dark. Some 115 folks participated in the event. We were happy with our 16.6 miles. CC said they gave her the motivation to keep going watching them move south at sometimes break neck speeds. By noon all the rain gear was stowed and the temp was in the low 60s. Some of the places we passed today are "The War Correspondents Memorial" and a monument to Geo. Washington.
There are three high school aged guys staying in the shelter and we are in the tent. This shelter is only about 1/2 mile from I70 and there is a lake where they had boat races this evening. CC might be bothered, I just feel at home but miss the vibration of the engine. The barometer is on the rise so not sure if there will be rain tonight.
Patrick, Deborah Mooney aka OD & CC
All Who Wander Are Not Lost
Tot: 1.518s; Tpl: 0.014s; cc: 14; qc: 51; dbt: 0.0138s; 1; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
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