Day 63: pinefield to bearfence
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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So sorry about the negativity last entry, but I hope you can understand my frustrations! Today on the tick front was slightly better, didn't wake up to any on me this morning and only found 6 on me today.
Ran into ridgerunner Midnight today. He was the first one I've encountered my entire trip! I talked to him about the ticks and he said permethyl is the thing to do. He also said they are especially bad this year because they had an early snowfall which protected the ticks when the harsh temps arrived later in the winter. Makes sense.
I've only seen 3 thruhikers in the last 3 days so hopefully that means everyone is having fun at Trail Days. There are quite a few section hikers out, and it being the weekend, many day hikers when you are near road crossings (which is always in SNP)
Woke up to rain last night and this morning so I slept in a little
Stopped for late lunch at a picnic ground and tried to look pathetic and starving so someone would feed me. Didn't work, but when I was preparing to leave someone did identify me as a thruhiker, chatted with me and then gave me a cold beer and some granola bars... Hooray trail magic!! Also I had been planning all day to stop at the Lewis Mtn Campground store for dinner and I arrived at 6:05 and saw that they closed at 6! I was about to turn away but the door wasn't closed yet so I went in and was very polite and the guy let me buy stuff. Woo! I got hot dogs and some other junk and the kid running the store gave me an old thing of mustard to take with. So I hauled my treasures to the shelter just 1 mi further and had my dinner. Yes I ate all 8 hot dogs and a package of cookies and the two coronas I also bought (awesome that you could buy individual beers)
So I am full and happy. The weather doesn't look so good for this week, but nothing I can do about that... It'll probably do some big miles since there won't be much else to do! Hit mile 900 just a bit before lunch... Always a nice feeling! Still doesn't look like we've made much progress on the big map, but I can't wait to get out of VA!
Hope you all are well.