Mile 357/2650 (17.5 miles).
Last night was hard. I was so irritated from bites that I clawed at my skin.
Giving up on sleep I decide to trek at 4am.
It’s a bit scary at first but my torch cuts a hole through the night. Enough of a hole for me to walk through.
I’m immediately awake, fully alert.
Scary turns to fun as dark moves to half light.
A branch cracks amongst the trees. Something scuttles off. My imagination goes wild.
It’s cold and mosquito free. By 10.30am I’ve walked 17.5 miles to the Kracker Barrel Store.
It’s a store with a shower, laundry and hot food, beer. Every hikers dream.
I’ve spent the day here sorting out my food resupply for the next 7 days and eating pizza. It’s been fun to hang out with other hikers and play cards. There’s a guy from Skye here – another MacPherson.
This next section is 148 miles, it includes the Goat Rocks, and it’s going to be tough.
So I’m setting my alarm for 4am again.
We move at dawn!