Thursday, July 14, 2011

July 8

Bear Bag and I got up at 5 this morning and were out of camp at 6:15. We had 6.6 miles to the road and another 2.4 into town. The mosquitoes were the worst they've been; we plastered ourselves with bug spray but were still getting swarmed and bitten. The trail was nice though; we even had a section of boardwalk to hike on for nearly a mile! We got to the road and began the walk into town. We'd heard that hitchhiking is illegal in NJ but stuck our thumbs out cautiously and got a ride in about 15 minutes...a pickup truck--the best hitch! Honestly, the feeling you get when someone pulls over to offer you a ride is easily one of the greatest feelings on the trail! We hopped into the back and were dropped off at the St. Thomas Hiker Hostel. Muffin Man was there (everyone else had gone to breakfast) along with Rambling Man, who we haven't seen for awhile. We showered, did laundry, got lunch at Burger King, resupplied, and made it back to the hostel in time to avoid the rain that had moved in. It's always so nice to be in town when it's raining! The afternoon was lazy; Veto and Bear Bag ran to the gas station and picked up some candy and they, Fiber, Muffin Man, and I played poker for a few hours. The rain continued all through the evening but should be gone for our hike out tomorrow!
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