Hiked 11 miles to Kincora Hostel today. It was chilly but there was no rain. Had an enjoyable evening chatting, went into town for a food run and had Arby’s. Picked up a maildrop I had here so now my food bag is heavy again. Bob People’s, the owner of the hostel offers his place and services on a donation only basis. He has an amazing knowledge of the trail and has great stories. He also works on trail maintenance. We talked a little about Trail Days in Damascus. I’ve been struggling with whether to stay for the event, stay for part, or to hike through. I still haven’t decided. Bob says that on Sunday and Monday he takes the first 100 people who sign up for Hardcore. Hardcore is two days of trail maintenance work. You work on the trail, they provide meals and transportation, and guarantee to return you to wherever you left the trail at. It’s a way to give back to the trail community. So many choices! I weighed myself this morning, and according to the scale I’ve lost almost 50 lbs. I find that hard to believe, but everyone else who used the scale says it’s accurate. I’ll weigh myself again in a few days and see if it’s confirmed. I do know that my clothes are very baggy. Anyhow, off to bed. Going to slack pack over Pond Mountain tomorrow and back to the hostel.
May 10, 2012