Early start today and packed up in the dark.
Terrain, for the most part, was easy….flat and smooth through farmland near corn and bean fields. Was a nice change of pace except for walking in long grass in the morning which made our shoes and socks wet. Sweet Pea fought a bad blister spot on her heel, where there is essentially a blister on top of another blister.
Lots of trail runners on the trail, probably 6 or 7. No northbound backpackers at all however. Didn’t see other southbounders untill 1 mile before Boiling Springs (after 21 miles of hiking).
We got into town, stopped at the ATC office and signed the register…the office itself was closed. Walked over to the Getty gas station and bought breakfast and lunch for tomorrow, then headed over to the pizza place. With the town stops coming more frequently, the temptation to get town food is strong….but it is also expensive. We have realized that if we just limit ourselves to a cheese pizza, it is doable on a semi-regular basis. The pizza gives us plenty of carbs, fat and calories so our bodies appreciate it as we put on more miles the following day.
Boiling Springs appears to be almost a little touristy. There is a park and lots of folks out and about with some cute shops, etc…quite a bit different than Duncannon.
We camped directly on the AT, actually hanging our hammocks across the trail. There is a ‘backpacker campsite’ right out of town, but it was nothing more than the edge of a farm field….meaning no trees.
Daily Distance: 22
Trip Distance: 1,065.2