I woke up early excited to be getting some town time. Again, my feet were killing me and I was just feeling fatigued and run down. The four 20 mile days in a row really was pushing myself too hard. The weather and hiking were pretty easy and I rolled into town around 1:00 pm. On the way, I scared up a third black bear in the last five days. This one took off at high speed as soon as he saw me. Again I marveled at how fast something that big could move. I was glad it was moving away from me. There some more great views at mountain top before I dropped down the ridge into town.
The Howard Johnson is 400 yards off the trail and I quickly pounced on a room. I ran across the street for a pizza and a six pack and laid down to devour both before hitting the hiker pool party that was loudly carrying on. I was so exhausted that I woke up at almost eight o’clock having missed the pool party. Tomorrow is definitely going to have to be a zero to get my feet straight and generally get some rest. Nighty night and happy trails.