July 9th

Today I hiked from the Holy Family hostel to Rice Field Shelter, I walked a total distance of about 8.2 miles, which included a stop first at Dairy Queen for breakfast and pizza plus for lunch in town. I then got a ride from pizza plus to the trailhead, which saved me an extra mile walk,but the person who gave me a ride convinced me to let him drop me off a different trail head than where I Left, meaning I cut about a quarter mile of the Trail. But beggars cannot be choosers.

The hike today was a hard one. Not necessarily because of terrain, even though I climbed about two thousand feet, it was spread out and the Trail was well graded. I think I mostly just struggled due to a combination of taking too much time off in town and eating too much food that was bad for me. I did stuff myself with a few large salads at pizza plus today, and I’m hoping that getting back in my trail groove will bring my energy back quickly too.
I also passed a large landfill today, which had an awful smell. I’ve been thinking more and more about how I can use my blogging opportunities to encourage people to get out and enjoy some of the sights that the National Parks offer as a way of encouraging the public to also resist expansions of places like this landfill and mining on park grounds. I may take next week’s Appalachian Trials post as an excuse to broach the topic


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