We broke camp early to make the ten miles to make the shuttle into Marian. The terrain was easy and I rolled into the welcome center at 1230 for the 230 shuttle. There were about 30 hikers waiting already and we placed a 100 dollar pizza order to tide us over. From Walmart I hitched a ride with Juan Gone and Sticks to Damascus for 50 bucks split.
I was lucky enough to reserve a bunk on a late cancellation and avoid tenting in tent city with 2000 other hikers. My three bunk mates were 60 year old gals that have had their bunks reserved for fifteen years. I got into town at about 7 pm and had enough time for a six pack and a pizza. The festivities start in earnest tomorrow. Happy trails.