IroquoisArcher
Decided to do more hiking and as it's near John so if needed help he'd come running...even though no cell reception...
So they had a 32.9 (west) mile loop,a 22.4 mile (east) loop for 55.3 or if not using the connector trail then 49.3. So being in the best physical condition in my life (plus last month doing over 12 miles per day starting later in the day plus near the same area) I decided to take 5 days to tackle the 32.9 mile loop and the 22.4 mile loop if felt good after the west loop.
First couple pictures are just a monument  (first game refuge in PA) and a couple of the trails. On the JU trail was walking down a 2' path and heard something never hear before...and finally figured out what it was! 2 rattlesnakes and the first had been sunning itself on a cut down log about waist height (about 8' away). After it slitherd away away I stood there and a second one began rattling about 7' away but on the ground. It finally left and now I'm chucking rocks in the brush pile trying to scare any more away! Finally walked by...quickly...as far to the right as could get. Remember 2' plus a stream was on the right side. Was swing my walking poles at any clump of brush. Got about 50' past them and being on the edge stepped on a root or rock or something and tumbled and hit my elbow pretty good. Ever try tying a bandana one handed? Couple hours for it to finally quit bleeding. Trail picture doesn't do it justice but most of the trail was rocks and it must have rained before got there as they were slippery and took quite a few tumbles on ones in underbrush and there was alot of that. They say that the PA Appalachian Trail section is the rockiest section  along the entire 2200 miles and I believe it. Picture of the waterfall doesn't do it justice. Is about 15' high. Picture of tarp and hammock (homemade) was setting up close to dark first night...and couldn't find a section without rocks to put the stakes.
Decided once the CKT crossed Rt. 144 (even though main road it isn't used much) that I had enough, too sore plus has turned an ankle on one of the tumbles...one I broke my trekking pole on... was looking forward to McDonalds! The map says 16.4 miles I went, about 9.7 in 9 hours first day and almost 7 in 9 hours second. Stashed my pack and as map looked like only 4 miles from where my car was parked at the Fish Kill overlook that I could walk it in an hour on the road. Did about 2 miles when a couple of motorcyclist stopped and asked if would like a ride. Glad I said yes as the map was wrong. Was closer to 8. So anyways figure the rest of that loop won't be done! Is almost continuous walking up and down steep mountains on rocks and slippery roots/fallen logs.
Oh and there's not a McDonald at any exit between Snowshoe and Brookville on I-80, guess about 80=90 miles! Only one saw was closed for remodeling.
Guess the phots are somewhat out of sequence but I'm too whooped and sore and tired to care.
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When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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hydiseka
I'm glad you didn't get bit!   Because if I had to suck the poison out you're gonna die  [thumb]
With sufficient thrust pigs fly just fine
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kdornski
hydiseka wrote:
I'm glad you didn't get bit!   Because if I had to suck the poison out you're gonna die  [thumb]


John you could always use a vacume cleaner
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woody meristem
You must have been shaking pretty badly when you took that first rattlesnake picture. Glad you survived the hike, even if it wasn't fun.
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Vonfoust
Good to hear yo made it Jon!  Fun stuff!
When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.
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IroquoisArcher
Woody, wasn't shaking just had the zoom all the way up plus I don't like the camera I'm finding...it's 1 of 2 I have that are going to be going bye bye. Think sticking to the S40 from now on.
Chris, rest does wonders. Got to bed at 1:00 a.m. Monday morning, woke at 6:30 for pills and back to bed till 10:30. Then out into the hammock about 1 till 5. So stupid me suddenly decided it wasn't TOO bad so the fool that I am is going to go back and finish the last 15 or 16 miles of the west loop in 2 weeks...will be my birthday present to myself. Only (well maybe not only) problem is the place I stopped is still the same distance to Fish Kill overlook where the trail ends. Maybe John will drive me? [rofl]
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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woody meristem
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wasn't shaking just had the zoom all the way up

So you say -- [rofl]

Hopefully the rest of the trail will be more enjoyable than what you've already done. Skinny little you breaking a trekking pole is why I use a sturdy alpenstock made fom a black birch sapling -- the grain runs the full length of the stick which makes them really hard to break, even if you try.
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IroquoisArcher
Yeah but that weighs more. Pack was already heavy at 22#. When make new tarp and hammock hope the weight of those items alone will drop those two items only by close to 2#. Plus I need to remember not to have taken all 5 days worth of food but only 3 max. as would have finished the west loop back at the car so could have resupplied.

Oh yeah, you're invited to come along with me and edumicate me.
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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