Let me explain…
Some who hike the AT don’t feel “true” unless the hike past every white blaze, others are less fastidious. Personally, I like the challenge of finding new pathways and exploring in the wilderness. Today was such a case. I left Woods Hole about 6:30 am and had the option of taking the Ribble Trail (blue below). Because of this, I was able to cover 20+ miles of the trail. There’s also a saying on the trail that goes, “Hike your own hike.”
I resupplied at Trent’s Grocery before heading on to Lickskillet Hostel. It’s an old church and it’s full, so I’m sleeping on the couch. A hot shower, laundry and left over spaghetti from the local church hit the spot.
It’s funny how the simple things become important when you’re out here.
Tomorrow should be a shorter day, heading for a shelter about 11 miles along the trail.
AT Thru-Hike Stats
Section Day #11 (5/19/19)
Start – Woods Hole Hostel (625.4)
End – Lickskillet Hostel (604.9)
Today’s mileage: 20.5
Total section miles: 124.9
Total miles on AT: 841.3
Section avg daily miles: 11.4
“Zeros” taken: 1
Section avg w/o zeros: 12.5
To the purist, everything is impure. – Marty Rubin