I knew rain was coming. A front was coming through. The worst would hit that night, and I wanted to be there early enough to set up my tent before it all started!
It would rain on me off and on all day, but none heavy enough to drench me. I had also recently coated my rain jacket and skirt with water repellent, and it has seemed to help some. The trail passed into a park, and I ducked into the restroom to avoid one of the heavier showers. I also had lunch at another beautiful shelter, which was similar to Tumbling Run, with a covered picnic table between two shelters. I even went to the trouble of heating water for my lunch. For lunch, I usually fill the bag with water in the morning and it is rehydrated by lunchtime. I usually eat it cold for lunch. Having it hot was a treat! This helped me avoid some of the heavier rain, and also rest my legs and feet, which were hurting.
There is an organization that has cabins along the trail that you can rent. They are primitive, with no running water and no electricity. You have to backpack to them, and they are relatively inexpensive. Unfortunately, it’s not practical for thru hikers, because you have to have a key mailed to you, and you have to have an exact date as to when you will be staying. Most of them look really quaint and cute.
I landed at Birch Run Shelter; not one of my favorites. It was packed with tents and noisy people that night. It absolutely poured rain all night long!
Birch Run Shelter
Mile Marker 1093.6
The next day, i packed up my wet tent , bright and early. I knew my friend, Melissa, was doing trail magic, and I was really looking forward to seeing her! I passed the 1100 mile marker, and also the mathematical halfway point!
I landed at Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Mile Marker 1003.4
Melissa and her husband dropped me off at a motel. I did a 19.3 mile slackpack. I have a package waiting at the post office in the next city, but it will only take me a couple of days to get there, arriving on Sunday. This would mean a stay over night there. The motel I’m staying at is a reasonable rate, the owners are very nice, and I know it’s clean! I chose to Zero here. I will just pick up my next box and keep going through the next town.