Day 26 – Feb 1st

Day 26
Miles today:  24.2
Miles so far: ~416 miles
Campsite: Stealth Campsite by Alexander Spring

The previous night was busy! I heard a lot of ruffles in the woods. The palmettos are very noisy as well so if anything touches it, it creates a lot of noise. At one point, Alex yelled “hey!” to scare away anything that was around our camp. At 4 in the morning I saw Alex was up and at 430 he was gone. He had packed and left. There was no way I wanted to leave that early so I layed in bed until 630 and was on the trail by 7am.

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It was a long day. The sun was bright and it was getting hot. My umbrella has been handy more than once on this trip. I am very glad I brought it. Around lunch, I took a break. Sat on my piece of tyvek and was stretching my legs… What did I saw? A itty bitty tick on my thigh! NOOOOO. I thought I had gotten lucky and was enjoying a tick free trail. Ugh! I quickly pulled it out and tossed it.

I crossed path with a southbound thru-hiker naked Bush Wacker or bushwack, I forgot already. He had told me a few days of dry feet were ahead. Yay! Although rain is on the forecast for Thursday and Friday…

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Alex had texted me that he had made it 0.1 mile from Alexander Springs campground and stealth there. I found him later this afternoon. Lucky for him, he had time to go swim at the spring unlike me who had arrive at 5pm. I had to pee so i went behind a few bush and as I was peeing, felt a few tickles on my feet. I was wearing my crocks at that point to rest my feet. I quickly realized that the tickling was from itty bitty teenie tiny ticks one again. Now there was a few running around. I quickly ran off and shook my sandals. A few were crawling up and I wiped them off. UGH!

Today was especially hard on my legs. I am not sure why, but they feel like jell-o. I popped some vitamin I (ibuprofen) and went into my tent. The overall section today was really prettt despite the small bit of road walking I had done. I believe it was the most wilderness I had seen in a day! About time Florida! Haha

Thursday I am supposed to stop at the 88 Store to pick up a maildrop Betty and Bryan had sent me. Cookies and food. Mmm I’m looking forward to those cookies!! If it wasn’t for Bryan, the center of the operation, I wouldn’t get a single resupply box. I have gotten a tremendous amount of support from him.

Time to rest my sore feet. Happy Trails!

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