The Florida Trail: Chapter 26

Monday, March 4th, 2019

We survived the night’s thunderstorm and managed to stay dry. It stopped raining and we listened to the machinery and falling trees from a nearby lumberyard as we woke. We packed up, walked under I-10 and across the old bridge to get to Jay Veer’s convenience store.

We chatted with a local named Phillip about the sewage from the state of Georgia that was flowing in the river. Apparently there’s a lawsuit in the works. I could have gone through my hike without being informed of this. Ignorance is bliss!Hopefully our water filters prevent us from getting sick.

Back to the trail we went and in no time we were road walking through residential streets.

Doesn’t the Lords Prayer say “forgive our trespasses…”? 🤔

We’d return to the woods, take a lunch break on some logs, then would be walking along a groomed trail. It was nice to not have sticker bushes whipping my legs for a change!

We’d road walk for a brief period again, then returned to a trail that kind of resembled a BMX track.

One of the steepest climbs on the Florida Trail 😂

It would get scenic as we passed sinks and got back to the Suwannee River.

Trail’s closed?

We made it to Holton Creek River Camp which was a hiker paradise! There were several screened in shelters that were free to stay in, hot showers, flushable toilets, and the shelters had ceiling fans, outlets and lights. This place was great!

Home for the night!

We checked in with Scott, the camp host who was really friendly, and then we picked a building. A guy who we suspected was homeless was there, and a large college rafting group from Indiana showed up shortly after we set up shop. We lounged around and people watched from our shelter, ate dinner then turned the lights out for the night.

17.9 miles (28.8 km)

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