May 20: After hanging out at Hikertown all day, I could no longer put off what I had been avoiding- the aqueduct walk. The next part of the hike involved walking along a dirt road next to an aqueduct- the irony that you are next to water, but unable to access it. In a very hot, dry, dusty and exposed area of trail. Super fun!
Earlier on the day, I had run into Fancy Feet at Hikertown - whom I had hiked on the AT with in 2013. Since my hiking bubble has recently burst, we made plans to hike out together on the afternoon. Then I promptly went back to my trailer and fell asleep. So when Fancy Feet and her gang left at 3, I was nowhere to be found. Instead, I left at 5 with Lightfeather.
Lightfeather looks exactly as her name suggests: she is TINY! Next to her, I look like an Amazon! I mean, she's taller than me, of course, but she is a wisp of a person. And she hikes in sandals.
So anyway, we left Hikertown at 5, walked along a barbed wire fence, across a road, down a dirt road, and then we arrived at the aqueduct. It wasn't nearly as bad as I feared. It wa flat, so walking was quick, and since we had waited until it cooled off, the heat and sun were not bad.
We took to walking along the tops of the pipes, as there was less sand and well, because it was kind of fun!
We got 10-ish miles in, and set up tents just after dark. Windy but warm night with spectacular stars!
Peace, love, and trail magic