Bushcamp (808.6) to Harpers Creek (834.7)
I’m starting to consistently make bigger miles everyday. As I’m making bigger miles I’m taking less rest breaks and taking less photos. I need to find that sweet balance. I think 22-26 miles per day is about the right amount of enjoyable miles for me.
After an early morning climb over a couple of mountain tops I reached a series of grassy balds. The crazy sunlight and dramatic clouds put on a display. I would look at the rays of sunlight come and go between the gaps in the clouds. It was almost as if they were considering turning to rain. I lingered on the mountain tops and enjoyed the peace and solitude. No other hikers seemed to be anywhere near me.
I tried to push extra miles today to make it close to the town of Waynesboro. Big hills got in my way and little hills and thunderstorms. Yes, it rained again. Rather than hike in the rain I decided to find a spot next to a stream and sit under my umbrella. I realised I wasn’t going to make more than 30 miles today so I slowed down and enjoyed the hike.
Part way up another large hill I stopped at a small campsite with 2 other campers. That was as far as I was going. With 3 hours till sunset I had a cup of tea while reading about the trail ahead. There are so many amazing places coming up.
The good news, my knee is feeling ok and not causing me problems, though I am favouring my left knee. The bad news, my camera lens is very badly scratched. Any photos that I take looking into the sun looks crappy with lots of visible marks in the photo.