Ponytail called today while he was sitting on a bench under a tree in the middle of a field. The bench was just there, waiting for a tired hiker. So, he rested and had a snack. He had already done something like 6.2 miles so far today and that was at 9am. Going to be a high mileage day.
He saw several orange/yellow turtles, frogs, deer and a baby Copperhead rattlesnake today on the trail. The Copperhead was still small so it didn't have the rattle fully formed. He did pass by the fencing of the National Zoological Park but did not see any exotic animals.
PTD went up and over the "Roller Coaster". This is a 13.5 miles section of the trail with many ascents and descents.
Oh, I forgot to mention the horrendous thunder and lighting storms. Torrential rain. He did manage to skirt some but not all. Another day of being wet. Not all day but still wet.
He arrived at Sam Moore Shelter around 9pm. He was the only one there. He was exhausted after traveling almost 31.5 miles. Yes, almost 31.5 miles. He hauled butt! WAY TO GO PTD!!!
He was too tired to make dinner, so a snickers bar it was. He brushed his teeth and but on Ben's Bug Spray and crawled into his sleeping bag. Even too tired to set up his tent or write in his journal. He did wear his bug head net to bed because the shelter was next to the Sawmill Spring. Very buggy.