Sunrise is around 6am nowadays. I was awake and moving before the sun was. It was overcast when I started hiking but it wasn’t long till I saw flashes of sunlight which remained for much of the morning.
I camped alone last night and didn’t see too many hikers on trail. Either I’m getting ahead of the last bubble of hikers or everyone is now hiking faster and longer miles everyday. I suspect it’s a combination of both. The crowd is thinning.
There were several nice viewpoints today as the trail climbed several thousand feet to follow the rocky ridges. Below was the farmland and rolling hills. Sometimes I wish there were more scenic viewpoints. Hikers on the Appalachian Trail must earn their views. I hiked through another well known landmark today. It’s called The Guillotine. The trail funnelled through a narrow shute with a large boulder balancing above.
As the day progressed it looked like I was going to get more rain, fortunately it remained dry. With a couple of hours of hikable daylight left I decided to make camp early. I’d covered a lot of miles and didn’t feel like pushing any further. Recently, my left knee has been giving me some minor twinges late in the day. Only when hiking up steep hills. I’m sure it’s nothing, maybe I’m just getting old.