Roaring Fork Shelter

24 May 2017

AT – 255.5 miles
Today’s – 15.2 miles
Time – 7.25 hrs
Speed –  2.09 mph

One word describes last night’s hostel — SKETCHY!

It met the need, but I’m just not sure how the county and state doesn’t shut that place down.

So anyone looking at Standing Bear Hostel as a potential place…think long and hard on that.

This morning’s weather forecast was for rain all day.  This is NOT what I wanted to hear.  So I went to bed prepared to slog through the rain and muck today.  However, when the rooster woke us up at 5am, it wasn’t raining, but we knew it was coming.  At 6am, we finally decided to “go for it” and hopefully out hike the rain.

BTW Someone needs to kill that rooster!

The hiking turned out great.  No rain until the last 2+ miles.  Once we hit Max Patch, it started to pour on us.  And of course we were out on the Bald with no cover or protection.  For those who’ve never hiked across Max Patch, it’s a little lengthy, no tree, grassy knob that seems be really long when the cold rain is hitting you.


We also ran into this Trail Angel, Apple!  He was on Snowbird Mountain with his cool tent handing out soda and water.  He had just come from the CDT and was finishing up his AT time later today.  THANKS Apple for the conversation, Coke and a smile.

Then we slogged our way the last 2 miles in muck and mire to arrive at tonight’s accomodations – Roaring Fork Shelter.  Out by 6:30am done by 1:45pm…now that’s a great day of hiking.

When we come hiking on, soaked the the bone I see no other than my hiking tramily member Maggie (aka Mantis).  It was still raining, so we got to catch up on the last few weeks.  It was good to see her…maybe after Hot Springs, I’ll see her again.

Also here at the shelter was Itchy!  I’d been warned about this group because they were kicked out of a hotel in Gatlinburg.  There story goes like this…

One of their group “forgot” they were in town when he was piss drunk where he went outside in the hotel parking lot to relieve himself.  Just another hiker trash doing the wrong thing.  Maybe the ATC needs a LNT guide for hiker town behavior?

Then it was time to get out of those wet clothes and warm up. It’s kind of cooler, so I pulled out my new REI jackets I picked up on my trip back to Missouri. A BIG Thanks goes out to myWife for talking me into buying them.  If I didn’t have them now, I’d be really cold.

The plans this afternoon are:
– stay out of the rain
– stay warm
– rest
– wait for an appropriate time to eat dinner
– go to bed by 7pm

Now I just hope some of my clothes dry before tomorrow morning.  I hate putting on stinky WET clothes on a cool morning.  Stinky clothes I’m learning to deal with…wet is a whole other level of uncomfortable.

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