September 22nd, 2018
My stomach growled as we walked up the road to get to “3 C’s Family Restaurant” after packing up our belongings first thing in the morning. I ate a hearty breakfast and paid for the tab as we were told we were letting the flies in with our stench. She didn’t mean anything malicious by it, and I took no offense. Long distance hikers know they stink. Most wear their essence as a badge of honor.
We chatted with the owner of the hiker-friendly barber shop in town before returning to our hike. The trail took us through town and over a railway before we make the steep climb back up into the mountains.
Once we made it to the top, the trail flattened out for the most part, so we were cruising along, passing a number of day hikers along the way. Our original plan was to only hike about 15 miles for the day to get nearby the Fort-Dietrich Snyder Monument. By the time we got there, it was a little past 4 pm and we both still felt pretty energized. There were a number of campsite down the trail we could stop at, so after eating an early dinner, we did just that.
We stopped and pitched our tent once we got to Hertline Campsite. Our site wasn’t the best. Unfortunately it was the only one available since it was a Saturday and all the weekend warriors had taken all the good ones. If it were to rain, we could very possibly get flooded, but lucky for us, rain wasn’t in the forecast for a change!
Distance Hiked: 18.5 miles (29.8 km)
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