Heavy rain again last night and soggy boots and socks today. First couple of blisters came up which slowed me down quite a bit as we went over Dragons tooth and I had to stop to do some blister treatment. We were scheduled to do 13 miles today, but we heard of a hostel called Four Pines. The timing was perfect. The hostel owner Joe could not have been more accommodating. First thing he did was hand us a cold beer, ask for our dirty laundry and show us the shower. We were soaked and we had a big lawn to dry out our tents and stuff.
But... Then it got better...We were going to go to the Home Place for a great dinner, but Joe said he'd take us to Captains. This was a private individual who was having a hiker feast to beat all.
Wow!!! That's all I can say. Captain has a big spread right on a river. Hikers coming off the trail have to use a zip line to get over the river to his yard.
All kinds of food...burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, soda, beer, deserts and too much else to mention.
Right now were listening to a fabulous blue grass band. Moonshine is making the rounds. Can life on the trail get any better???
Took lots of photos so check them out. We've met so many of our trail friends here tonight.
What started out as a cold wet rough day is ending up, once again, perfect.
We'll take a "0" tomorrow so we can get to the home place. Too much food tonight to even think of going somewhere else.
|Our Host, Joe in the red shirt|
|Stretch and Linz on the way to Captain's in the back of Joe's pick up|
|Crowd at Captain's|
|Gail (One of the Chosen Phew!) and Mousey|
|Ros & PC - two hikers we met on the trail back at mile 25|
|Zip Line to get to Captain's from the Trail|
|Gupa - Nice young fellow who spent most of his early hiking days pretty ill, but he never gave up|
|Prepping for the beer chugging contest|
|Chug, Chug, Chug! The record was 2 seconds|
|Gumby - great fellow|
|Cold Kettle - his doctor told him to eat more and hike less|
|Bear bag hanging contest|
|Gail (one of the chosen Phew) and Buffalo Bobby|