We hit the halfway mark today. Sure enough, out in the middle of the woods, there was a sign that had equal distances to Katahdin and Springer Mountain summits. Been waiting for this day, just to see the ‘what we have done’ column is more than the ‘what is still left’ column in the guidebook.
Day started out with a thunder storm and we were soaked pretty quickly. We walked in rain and heavy rain for the first couple hours and then it let up for most of the day. Feet aren’t happy, but hopefully tomorrow we will get close to dry shoes.
The walking today was relatively easy. We had hit over 17 miles by 2:30 at a real nice shelter, but we were both feeling good so we continued on. Today is our last day in Pennsylvania, and it seemed that the trail needed to remind us of the rocky section at the beginning. The last couple miles took us over some ridges that were very rocky in a meaningless manner. Didn’t really make sense….sometimes the trail is like that.
The above mentioned shelter is probably the nicest that we have seen on the AT. It had potted plants, a covered picnic table area with a skylight, two shelter areas that were connected by a porch. The stream had been redirected nearby so that there was a little moat flowing in front of the shelter. The picture that we post here of the shelter does not do it justice or capture it entirely. As we sit now in the rain and thunder at the next shelter up 5 miles, we wish the stellar one that we passed early in the day was here!
Here at this campsite/shelter there are 10 people. Everyone but us is in the two small shelters. Moose, Carnivore and Purple are here, as well as several other backpackers doing smaller sections. Several people have experience on the PCT, Northland Trail, AZT and CDT trails.
Daily Distance: 22.9
Trip Distance: 1,107.2