Carey Kish is thru-hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He is currently in Pennsylvania. Entries from Carey’s trail journal are presented here. You can also follow his journey on Facebook.
July 1, 2015: 501 Shelter to Eagles Nest Shelter, 15.1 miles, 8:45am to 4pm.
If Port Clinton were five miles and not nine miles, I’d have gone on. But instead I’m staying here after 15 miles. Call it an early afternoon. Damn, I so want to make miles so I can get to Delaware Water Gap and then on toward Bear Mountain Bridge, which all spells “home” to me at this point. But I can only do so much and get so far.
Rained heavily most of last night. Thunder and lightning early on before I fell asleep. Slept well, even through the snoring. Lots of commotion around 7 with 8-10 hikers getting up and going. I lazed in my bunk till 7:45 and was out an hour later. After eating my two slices of leftover pizza of course.
Muddy, rocky, slippery, sloppy trail most of the day. No falls though. The big downer on the rocks yesterday was enough for awhile. Another day of walking through the long green tunnel. Some sun, some clouds, some humidity. All in all, not bad. Mostly I just kept my feet moving and mind active to pass the hours.
Oh, and I passed the 1,200-mile mark. Yeah! Made my own little sign out of huckleberry leaves.
Easy Strider is here desperately trying to kindle a fire. Outtro is here with her dad. And there’s me.
Port Clinton tomorrow early, then a thumb the two miles to Hamburg at I-78. Microtel for room, laundry, food and drink, and WiFi. Food Lion for groceries to DWG, and Cabela’s for a canister of fuel. All good.