Day 86 Swatara Gap to Black Swatara Crk Campsite (22.0 miles) 1204.3 miles total
Was able to make more miles than expected today. Trail was not nearly as sloppy as I anticipated. It’s still Rocksylvania however!
I really kind of enjoy hitchhiking…once I get picked up. Have met some interesting people. Got a ride back to trail today from a lady who thru-hiked in 1989.
At that point was a road crossing with small parking area. A place where trail magic is possible. Saw a couple cars in lot but no people. Drats! As I got closer I saw another vehicle with a couple people sitting beside. “Please be trail magic.”
Slick (2004 thru-hiker) called me over. “Yes!” Sat and chatted with him for an hour while having a banana, Snickers, and a Coke.
A mile before I stopped for day there was more trail magic. Eastern University was doing a survey with a questionnaire for hikers. I was more than happy to take it. Very psychological with questions centered on what you think is morally right or wrong. Things like “Is it right to intentionally leave out pertinent facts when negotiating a business deal?”. I found it quite interesting. Stayed there for an hour too!