It was a good day of easy hiking on soft- underfoot smooth terrain. The trail wound around the towns of Roan and Elk Park so that we'd hike by a cemetery, a church, a sports field. I was expecting to stroll through somebody's backyard while they were grilling on the deck! Then we went uphill and away from the towns.
The sky turned a threatening grey with rumbling in the distance, so we decided to stop at a shelter after only 10 miles. The rain continued, so pur stop turned into an overnight stay.
The shelter was one of the nicest I've seen on the trail so far. Three levels of sleeping space, lots of hanging hooks, ample table space to cook on, and a good water source. Did a little more hanging out and socializing with other hikers than usual, which is also nice. Pretty decent sleep for a snorey shelter, too!
May8: up and ready to hit the trail at 8, but Hawkeye and Road Runner needed a bit more time, as they had opted to tent outside the shelter and they were drying out. Do Sub and I headed out with plans to meet at Mooreland Gap shelter for lunch. We hiked all morning in rain gear, as the sky looked threatening. It never did rain, and we were hot and sweaty from pur efforts. Of course, the second we stopped, I got cls and had to pile pn layers for lunch.
I've been loving my cheese and tuna on wheat thins for lunch! Complete with my bandana table cloth, I'm like Martha Stewart, I tell you!
Pack Man made one of his appearances, looking for Smiles, and we hung out and chatted for a while. He had all kinds of wild ideas, like swimming in Laurel Falls and then hiking 34 miles in one day to Damascus. Not for me. But power to him!
Comfortable sleep, thought its starting to get hard sleeping indoors!