Start Milepost: 1318.4 Time: 07:15
End Milepost: 1338.0 Time: 16:15
Miles hiked: 19.6
Miles to go: 851.3
Weather: rain, overcast
Temps: 50’s°, High 60’s°
Blue Side trails:
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Stung as I was by my performance yesterday, I gave myself and extra hour under my mini/quilt (4×5). Well, maybe I had reservations about getting out in the cold and rain. It was not rain but drops off the trees. Oh, and I did not want to run the mosquito gauntlet. The place was loaded with them. One, just one, snuck into my tent last night but oddly spent its time trying to get out. I found it bumping into the tent wall this morning.
No, the title is not supposed to be free fall. I had a fall free day and was delighted to have it that way. Still, two women in mid-afternoon advised me to slow down. My reply? — It will never happen.
I got to camp and had the tent up and water fetched seconds before the rain came. Then there was a problem. Water collected in a corner of the tent overhang where the terrain raises. The weight of the water pulled two stakes out and left me holding the tent pole to keep water out and the tent up. I had to bail water, hold the pole and call Scamper. That was the point where I decided to get a double-walled tent. It will be free standing and I won’t suffer the internal spray that I wrote about previously. Scamper has helped me find three options. I expect to leave Bear Mountain on Monday with a new tent.
The stream beside and below my tent helps drown out the many conversations going on. True white noise.
Another twenty miles and into New York tomorrow if I am not there already. I just know I am out here somewhere on the Trail and not many good sources for the next resupply. Something to ponder while I hike.