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Spent $8.25 @ White’s Ferry

Charged phone, bacon, egg and cheese muffin. 3 soda’s because I was killing time…

John, the homeless guy on the bike.
Being let inside the historic lock keeper’s house
Snake at water pump
Difference in trail after Swain’s Lock
No people. A lot of the time the canal has been drained and grown over.

Seneca, Outfitters? Outdoor company right there. Ask about Seneca, a dot on the map, hoping for a convience store or breakfast place. Was told no, not there’s just a feed store. They hinted at a place 3 more mile out, but…

I filled up water from behind their building and continued hiking. (No outlets)

Drying out my shirt at water stops. Laying it out in the sun. Had my shirt off more times today that all summer. A liter and a half of water today, it’s not even noon, and from the dark color of my urine I know that I’m already dehydrated. No water at Edward’s Ferry, when I figure this out, and have to hike empty. Only a few more miles to Turtle Run for water, (and the black snake) Then only a couple more to White’s Ferry where one of the guide’s I passed said you can get groceries and food.

C&O Canal is the perfect low budget hke. Haven’t spent a dime since NYC. First is White’s Ferry.

AC to get through the worst of the midday heat. Even in September it is far hotter than I’d expected.

Free camping, close enough together along with a wide, well maintained trail with no steep inclines or climbs means that you can just focus on the hike. A long, pleasant walk.

That makes it perfect for hikers of all skill levels. (As long as you pack enough food… but more on resupply later.)

Water at every stop. Sometimes well water treated with Iodine but more often than not a piped spigot or water fountain.

Up at 6am.

My setup is pretty simple and I didn’t put out my tarp so I’m packed and on the trail within 10 minutes.

Of course, being in such a hurry I forgot to refil my water bottle and to brush my teeth and shave.

Soon into my hike I realize that I’d also forgotten to put on my toe socks. The Injinji toe socks work wonders for me and prevent blisters in and around my toes. And I could already feel a hotspot growing on the little toe on my right foot. (and on the toe beside it) Only there is no where to sit down. So I hike and wait for a bench or picnic table to magically appear.

John has his things spread out all over the picnic table.

“Good thing I didn’t unpack everything,” he says. And one look at his bike let’s me know he’s serious.

Water pump at Calico Rocks is the hardest ever.

Just before sunset, cyclist doing both this and the Alleghany Trail in 5 days stops. I pump for him, down my bottle and he pumps to refill it.

Deer today.

That they put so much money and effort into the canal for most of it to be neglected, forgotten and grown over.

Everything I’m wearing is soaked. Plus it’s supposed to thunder and lightning tonight. Switch to a dry cotton tshirt I’ve been using to wipe sweat, and my clean laundry shorts.

34 miles today.

Pitch the tarp. Hear thunder before the sunset is finished. Still sweating.

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