The day started with rain and wet clothes, not a problem. After a hot cup of coffee I was up and putting my wet clothes on and breaking camp. With only 2 miles left of the road walk I told myself let’s get it!, Boy was I wrong a road with no shoulder and cars flying by. I had to get on the other side of the guard rails and scramble my way to the trailhead.
Luckily a gas station was on the road and I could boost my moral with a soda and poptarts for the walk to the trailhead.
The beginning of the soddy segment was beautiful with rock walls traversing again along the trail and towering 150 ft at times.
After all the rain I was getting I decided to take a early break under one of the walls and repack the pack for space saving to keep things dry. Glad I did it started pouring as soon as I got back on trail.
This section has rock climbing all over it, from bouldering to multi pitch, really cool to see.
As I make my way down the trail I notice something, it’s a turtle I haven’t seen a turtle on trail in forever, I stopped so fast I almost slid into it. A adult eastern box turtle making it’s way across the trail, after this sighting I saw one more turtle, ran into spiders and their webs countless times, screaming profanity for miles thankfully I saw no one today, plenty of frogs, salamanders and your occasional butterfly.
I do love the signage on this trail, every junction has a sign or some marker giving you direction, I’ve yet to get lost or turned around.
Some nice trail through a Marsh area.
I had plenty of rock scrambling to do from the gorge walk and had my chance to get on some really nice bridges that exceeded my expectations and had me blown away!
After 14 miles I was beat, ready to sit down, my feet were soaked, shriveled and hurting. With a long sit down, dinner being cooked. I cracked my book open and began to read away.
Another beautiful day in the books!