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6/30/18 Day 342 AT Day 102 Tenting near road to Branchville , NJ

July 13, 2018


Miles: 20.2
Steps: 35,041
Elevation Gain: 2,302 feet

So freaking hot today!  Another day over 100 and super humid.  Makes for incredibly challenging conditions!  One great thing right off the bat though: a nice gentleman gave us ice cold sodas!  Thank you so much!

I had my worst encounter with mosquitos by far on the trail today at Brink Road Shelter, bear the spring.  I was assaulted by what seemed like thousands of mosquitos! They were relentless!  And, of course, I had to use both hands to dip and fill water so they had open game on me.  Super challenging!

The heat was just crushing today!  Drank 2 gallons of water and still thirsty.  Shirt so wet you could wring it out.  Kind of crazy conditions, really.  We hit a road mid afternoon and headed quickly to a restaurant just off trail. Lovely air conditioning and tasty food awaited, so good!  The Appalachian Trail spooks hikers a bit with so much access into the modern world...

We started hiking again, but after only 100 yards we both looked at each other and said “we should get a hotel”. It was disgustingly hot.  We wouldn’t sleep without it.  I made a couple calls and we were whisked away to a cheap hotel within 20 minutes.

The hotel was pretty disgusting.  That must have been why there were so many “ no refund” signs in the office?  We made the best of it and really enjoyed the AC!  Pretty funny experience, overall.

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