Winter Appalachian Trail – Day 51 (20 miles)

Winter Appalachian Trail – Day 51 (20 miles)

I woke up at sunrise, rolled over and went back to sleep. I was at the Open Arms Hostel and was desperate to break the recent trend of a lack of sleep with a couple more hours of shut-eye.

I eventually got up at 9 am with a bit of lost sleep recovered. I had a shower and watched a bit of TV before sitting down to write the last few days of my journal. I had been constantly moving with some very late nights that has caused me to forgo writing. It was nice to look back on the 3-day mini adventure I just went through.

I was reluctant to get out on the trail. Yesterday’s heavy rain and below freezing conditions last night would leave more icy trail to deal with.

But by mid afternoon I had talked myself into leaving. When I got on to the trail I found it to be relatively ice free and the weather remarkably good. I kicked myself for waisting a fair weather day! I should make a rule about this.

I walked hard for the few hours before dark. I have to say the sunset was gorgeous, and I had a few prime viewing spots to enjoy it from

I decided to walk into the night to make up for my lack of drive this morning. I put on an audiobook and walked into the sunset. The night was cold enough that my water was freezing in good time. I found myself walking with both my water bottle and phone stuffed down my jacket that I was wearing. Not the most comfortable solution, but at least it is an effective one.

It was around 9.30pm before I started to yorn. It took a further 10 minutes to find a nice little camp spot and I hopped into my sleeping bag for a night of cowboy camping.

Not a bad day productivity wise considering such a late start.

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