June 24

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.

Most of hike today was along ridge line. Makes it reasonably flat…and fast.

My most productive hiking time is first 3 hours or so of day. Will usually make 7 – 9 miles without a break. Today it was 9.

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.

Rain yesterday must have gotten hikers spread out as I only saw 2 other thru-hikers all day. Probably the fewest of any day yet.

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!

Now have a mere 986 miles to go! 91 miles to Delaware Water Gap and NJ. Hoping to cover that in 5 days. Weather forecast is good so I am optimistic. Just can’t have a bad day.

Happy trails!

4 thoughts on “June 24

  1. Getting your package sweets ready to go on Tuesday. Should be there Thursday. Hope you enjoy all of it. Don’t rush now to get there by Thursday, but I hope the weather is good for hiking those 90 miles. Hugs to you from me!


  2. I look forward to seeing the Just Pete news articles. I may need your autograph πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. Love the trail magic stories.
    You’re heading for the finish line and I’m impressed!!


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