Date- February 24, 2019
Location- side of dirt road
Elevation- 82 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 22.1 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 717.2 miles
Weather/Temp- overcast, rain, 70s
Pain level- zero
Wildlife encounters- 4 stray dogs
Days without shower- 1
Days without laundry- 1
CatFox Status- Sassy
Crossed the 700 mile mark today! Officially less than 400 miles left of this adventure and it feels so good to be closing in on this accomplishment with Katana in tow!
We of course didn’t get an early start out of the room. After getting some McDonald’s breakfast, we were hiking by about 9:45am. It lightly rained on us for about an hour around 11am, then stayed overcast for most of the rest of the day. It was very pleasant hiking weather.
Our first push was 12 miles by 2pm before taking a break – another record for this trail with Katana. She hiked about 3 miles of that first 12 that were on dirt service roads, but rode on the pack for the paved roads.
The last 2 miles of the day were on dirt roads, so she got to hike that as well. I can honestly say that I really don’t worry about her anymore when I set her down to hike. She just goes and figures everything out on her own. I assist a little bit, but for the most part she can handle herself.
I don’t have much to say about today’s hike. The sun was mostly covered, the temps were mild, and a breeze was up – it was very pleasant hiking. The only thing that could have made it better was not being on roads all day. Thankfully, they were not overly busy and we could walk fairly relaxed down the middle of oncoming traffic. I got a lot of audio book hours in.
Without fail, we ran into 4 more loose dogs today – all of them aggressive, not wagging their tails. Luckily, none of them attacked as we passed by, but one pitbull did block our path on a narrow street until the owner came out and got him. The first dog was a pit, the second two were a German Shepherd and a lab, and the last one was a pit. I just don’t understand letting aggressive dogs run wild in the street, when your street happens to part of a national scenic trail. I could understand it if the pups were coming up to us in a friendly manner, but that just hasn’t happened yet. C’mon Florida!
We wrapped up the day at 7pm on a dirt service road, after 22 miles. It’s overgrown on all sides, with no real access to good trees. I’m bivy camped in my hammock on the ground. We’re going to shoot for another early morning and a big day. Should be wrapping up this long road walk tomorrow…I hope.