Got an early start at 7 from the campsite. Shortly after starting, we came to a road with a sandwich place so we got Egg, Bacon, and Cheese bagels. It was a good second breakfast. There is a bench on the side of the building for hikers to sit at. Lots of graffiti about the guy who owns the place being unfriendly to hikers, and there is even a mention in the guidebook to that reputation. He was all business to us, which was fine. The food was good.
Terrain was a mix today. Several sections of very smooth walking, but there were sections that were quite rocky. Pennsylvania is notable as very rocky, and we believe that this is the beginning of it. Much of the day was up on ridges which gave us some light breezes and nice views. Great section of the state.
Only saw one other hiker today. He was a northbound thru-hiker that had taken a month off earlier in his hike.
By noon, we realized that we needed to make it to our destination by 5pm to be able to get a soda and sandwich, so we started hustling. It was a bit of a push, and after a wrong turn, we had given up hope. We got in a bit after 5 but were still served so it all worked out.
The place we are staying at is the Mohican Outdoor Center. It is run by the AMC, which also runs the hut system in the White Mountains. We were able to buy an expensive sandwich, but camp for free on their property. Also, were able to shower for a small fee. Beardo got in trouble for elevating his foot on the table which looks like a hassock, and it was clear that we were just lucky to stay in the lodge beyond 8pm tonight because there was a fly tying class. At least there are sodas and candy bars.
This was our longest day since Beardo sprained his ankle. His shins did ok, but Sweet Pea’s hip was a bit sore from walking fast today. Tomorrow will be a bit less miles as we will take a break in town at the outfitter.
Tree frogs are so loud that Sweet Pea has her earplugs in tonite.
Daily Distance: 20.9
Trip Distance: 881.6