I had a mail drop waiting in the next town at the Post Office, but if I left that day, I would arrive in Duncannon on a Sunday when the Post Office was closed. This would require an overnight stay to pick up the package on Monday. Since the hotel I was at in Mt. Holly Springs was comfortable and clean, I decided to just take a zero there.
On my Zero Day, I went to the Post Office and mailed some things home. I also went to the Barber and got a haircut. No pics! It’s short! I spent the rest of the day writing blog posts. Not kidding. It’s time consuming to do it on a phone.
That night, I was able to have dinner again with the boys, plus two new hikers I had never met before. Later, I would meet three lady hikers I had not yet met, all three were ex-military. It is amazing how many military veterans are on the trail! One lady, Diamond, was a paratrooper! She also had a nice singing voice! The restaurant had Karaoke that night. I went to listen for a while because Papa J was going to sing. He not only sings folk music (and plays many instruments) but he has a karaoke business that his wife is running while he is hiking.
I missed Papa J’s first song, and I tried to wait for his second, but…I was so tired! It was way past my bedtime. Plus, that kinda thing is just NOT my scene! I felt like I was going to crawl out of my skin. When a long-haired guy started singing, ‘Tiny Bubbles’ and circulating through the crowd while singing to the ladies, I hopped out of my chair and practically ran out! Ugh. There are some Introvert characteristics that are so ingrained, they can never be changed! I know I will never, EVER feel comfortable at a karaoke bar. 😳
Some things, however, have changed for me. I’d like to give a Praise Report. I asked you all (before I even left on my hike) to pray for me. I had trouble interacting with people on the trail in 2016. I’m not a social person. It has always been difficult for me. Sometimes I really enjoy being alone. I require a lot of alone time to recharge, and have to really work up the desire to give up my solitude and join the ‘living’. I didn’t want to go my whole hike like that again.
Things have been so much better, and I believe it is your prayers on my behalf. I have met so many people! I am reaching out and initiating conversations, and I’ve almost felt comfortable doing so! I have many more interactions with people than I ever mention on my blog.
This is ‘tongue in cheek’…but I am a legend on this trail! 😂 When I tell people my trail name or my story of how I got off the trail in Andover in 2016, so many people tell me they have heard of me, or have heard people telling my story! 😂 This cracks me up!!! It is so NOT ‘me’ to be ‘known’ or ‘heard of’. I do want to thank you all for your prayers. This has been a much different and better hike for me this time around, not only because I feel better, but because I am interacting with more people.
The next morning I was dropped off at Boiling Springs. The owner of the Hotel gave me a hug. She was a very sweet lady. There were homemade muffins each morning, along with fruit and coffee. You really get to talk to hotel and hostel owners when you slackpack and have a car ride with these people. The hotel was The Holly Inn. Each room was decorated differently, with things she and the other owners had found or contributed. It was clean and comfy. I enjoyed my stay there very much. Overnight stays in small towns are very much a part of this hiking experience.
The temperatures were really starting to heat up! Much of the trail was through crop fields, or on the road. I packed out a treat of Cheetohs and Ginger Ale. Sometimes it’s a nice treat, even if the soda is warm.
It was so hot! The water source at my shelter was listed as unreliable, so I packed 3 liters of water from a spring uphill to the shelter. It was about a mile long climb. After I set up my tent, I sat at the picnic table by the shelter to cook my supper. There was a lady who had hiked to the shelter. She was local, and had brought corn on the cob (cooked) which she had bought at a farmers market for the hikers. She also had slices of watermelon ! She even packed out the rinds and the cobs so we wouldn’t have to pack out that heavy trash!
The air was so still and quiet that night. It was so hot, that I didn’t cool down until the sun went down.
Mile Marker 1131.0