Days seven and eight Rocksylvania earns its name

Day 7, 14.7 miles

On day seven I hiked from the Windsor furnace shelter to the Eagles nest shelter. On the way I stopped in Port Clinton to have lunch.  The 3Cs diner was a full mile off the trail, but I felt it was worth it. I could get a lunch and have them pack up sub for dinner.  I had a huge club sandwich and two side salads, and they packed up a big sub for my dinner.  With a really full stomach, I hiked the mile back to the trail and started the difficult 800 foot climb out of Port Clinton. Because my stomach was full the climb was torture. I stopped probably close to every hundred yards for the entire half mile up the hill.

Both before Port Clinton, and after Port Clinton, there, there were plenty of rocks and rock piles and tripping rocks on the trail. By the end of the day, my ankles were so sore that I could hardly keep them straight.

I had my sub for dinner and slept in my tent at Eagles nest.

Day 8, Eagles Nest to the 501 Shelter, 14.9 miles

On day 8 I hiked from Eagles Nest to the 501 shelter, which is a fully enclosed shelter with the door and a caretakers house, next-door, supplying water, and an outdoor outlet to charge devices. The hike was actually quite hard because of all the rocks, my ankles and lower legs were incredibly sore by the end of the day, but they seemed to recover overnight. About 4 miles before the end of the hike was the only great view for day eight. Unfortunately the image is apparently to big for this site!?

Also near the end of this hike, I encountered the stone tablet pictured below. It was in the middle of the trail in the middle of nowhere.  Apparently, at this location, there was an outpost on the location in 1755 during the French and Indian war.  There is certainly no sign of the fort now.   Unfortunately my camera was set up wrong and the picture is too big to be downloaded.

I sent the very stormy night of day 8 protected by the fully enclosed 501 Shelter.

 

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