Date- July 19, 2019
Location- Side of trail
Elevation- 7,054 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 17.4 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 538 miles
Weather/Temp- clear, 60s
Pain level- zero
Wildlife encounters- rodents
Days without shower- 1
Days without laundry- 1
Today began a little later than anticipated, but worked out to be a decent day.
Jetpack and I started hitching around 10 am and got picked up by a middle aged man after about 6 minutes. He couldn’t take us all the way to trail, but he got us within 13 miles of it and dropped us off in a small community called “Sula,” at a gas station.
I don’t normally like to approach people and ask for rides unless I’m absolutely desperate, but Jetpack has no qualms. After asking 2 people pumping gas for a ride and being turned down, the third person said yes – but only after she asked twice, and only after he’d turned on his hearing aid.
Our ride was a man in his mid to late eighties. I didn’t catch his name, but I learned a lot of other interesting things about him. He’d been a “general-practitioner physician” back in the days when a doctor was trained to handle just about anything that came up. He could perform surgeries, deliver babies, diagnose illnesses, set broken bones, you name it. He’d taken care of rural communities both in the states and abroad and claimed to have delivered more than 3,000 babies by the time the 1970s arrived.
He was a super interesting and friendly guy, and as he dropped us off he leaned over to Jetpack and said, “Keep smiling.”
It was a cloudless cool day when we started hiking a little after noon time. Aside from all the bugs, it couldn’t get any better. Apart from a couple steep but short climbs, the terrain was very mild and easy going.
We got some good miles in despite the late start. I can already tell this is going to be a gorgeous section. I’m glad I get to fill it in this year…
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