Day 12 & 13
February 25 – 26, 2020
Today ended up being more interesting than expected. First of all – yes, I’m on my third zero. Judge not, lest ye be judged! Although the forecast called for an 86% chance of rain, it didn’t rain once today. This almost made me feel guilty for taking a zero… almost. The next stretch will be more than a 70 mile carry, so I’ll take any extra days of rest I can get.
Second of all, Chris, Katana, and myself were invited to take a picture with the Mayor of Heflin at City Hall. I guess this is a thing. So at 10:30 am, a woman named Tammy picked us up and took us to our photo site. It was pretty cool. I’m not sure if it’s politically motivated, since the Mayor is in the picture, but the sentiment seemed genuine enough. I enjoyed the experience. Heflin definitely takes care of their hikers!
Lastly, Chris decided to get off trail today. A combination of his shoes not coming in, personal stuff, and the cooler temperatures. He said he’d wait in Georgia. He gave enough reasons to get off trail that there wasn’t really room for me to try and talk him out of it. However, he did say he wanted to come back in a few weeks when it would be warmer, with better weather-hopefully. I hope he does.
So, the only other thru-hiker I’ve met out here is now off trail. I know a few more have started in the past week, and suspect they’ll be catching me eventually… maybe – maybe not.
This next stretch of trail, up until the end, will be different than the first 100 miles. From now on, shelters will be almost as common as they are on the AT. This will make it easier to combat any rough weather, and give me enticing goals for each day. Although I have a comfortable hammock, I would rather sleep in a fart dungeon, mouse kingdom, or petri dish shelter during a rainstorm to avoid packing up in the rain. Yes indeed, I hate it that much. The shelter is like cowboy camping without worrying about the weather. Cowboy camping is far and away my favorite method of camping now. Thus, it’s shelter life for me from here on out!
It was a low key day. I got all my resupply done before noon and just hung around my room trying to be digitally productive.
Annoyingly enough, the chance for rain tomorrow has gone up. I hope it’s as wrong as today’s forecast. Either way, I’ll be headed out unless it’s raining cats and dogs. If that’s the case, I’ll double zero and feel no remorse. This is mine and Katana’s father/fur-child bonding vacation. I’ll be damned if I’m going to make it any more miserable than it has to be.
It was freezing, wet, and rainy when I got up this morning, and it took me all of about 3 minutes to decide I was going to take some more vacation from my vacation. It was the freezing aspect that sealed the deal for me.
Today was the epitome of lazy. One trip to Subway for a late breakfast and one trip to Damn Yankees for an early dinner of wings, then back to the room.
The next four days, beginning tomorrow, are looking beautiful. We’ll just make a 70+ mile sprint for Georgia, starting in the morning. No regrets!