Day 70: Harpers Ferry Hostel, MD to Pine Knob
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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I forgot to mention last entry that Richard, the British guy that biked in from DC, went to aviation school at WMU, which of course is across the street from Kalamazoo College. We talked about the bars of Kzoo for a spell. small world!!
Hiked through many heavy but brief rain showers today and the trail was a river in most places and a pond in others... My shoes are wet enough to swim in
Stopped in at Gathland State Park and the war correspondents arch right during a downpour, so I went inside the free museum for an escape. Really nice woman inside gave me the run down on this somewhat energetic, slightly egocentric character from the Civil War days... Great break from the elements!
My second break was lunch, spent at a really nice new shelter (Rocky Run) I'm still suffering from not being able to find much food, so lunch was quite meager and unsatisfying. We've been hiking along some famous civil war battleground areas and after lunch I was approaching a road crossing and saw this familiar looking sign. I thought to myself, that's odd, Maryland must use the exact same historical marker signs as Michigan! Well as I got closer, it turned out to actually be a Michigan historical sign, right on the trail commemorating the 17th Regiment that fought at the battle of South Mtn.
Dinner time I was passing the Old South Mtn Restaurant and I stopped in and had an absolute splurge meal. Beautful Rockfish Chesapeake with a lovely salad..
After dinner I climbed up the trail and suddenly had tunnel vision. Boy it's hard enough to walk on the rocks when you can see them well... Downright dangerous when you can't judge distances or focus. Fortunately I did make it safely here to camp. Amongst the hikers is Slapshot, who I hadn't met before and a section hiker from Grand Rapids.
Interesting little sidenote, walked by the Washington Monument today, the original. Built much before the big one in Washington, DC, it is small but has a great view out at Antietam and Hagerstown.
Feeling pretty bad with the headache still so I'm hoping to recover with sleep. Hopefully I won't have to deal with anymore of these since I only get them typically 1-2 times a year. Nice email from Grandma Connor, thanks. She wants to know, what/ where is OTTO (historical)??? Great question... I don't really know but it appears to be in Kansas. I set my journal to my current location but something went wrong and it posted the location as being this city...
I guess technology can't be perfect. I'll fix up the locations and add pictures (and fix typos) when I'm not hiking anymore.
So how are y'all doing? I'm feeling like I should have just stayed another day at the warm cozy hostel!! But you don't get to Maine that way.
Until the next time,