Miles Today: 10.2
Mile Marker: 280.4 Solo camping
I had a nice 3.2 mile hike into Hot Springs this morning. I made it to the outfitter and grabbed some inserts that seem to be helping, but only time will tell. They also had a decent selection of food, so I resupplied there. Then I went across the street to the tavern for some chips and salsa, a bacon burger with waffle fries, and two beers. They had decent WiFi so I put up some posts and got an Amazon order in. I've been having serious Internet withdrawals out here. I can usually get cell coverage, but no data. It was nice to finally reconnect a bit.
I spent the rest of the afternoon reconnecting with everyone I hadn't seen on the trail in a while. Hot Springs is basically a one mile stretch of Main Street and that's it. We were all wandering up and down the sidewalks hopping from place to place. The group I was hiking with a week or so ago all rolled in and I stopped for one more beer with them before heading out. It was great seeing everyone, but pushing ahead is the right move for me. It will allow me to get in early to see the folks. Really looking forward to the down time with them at the cabin. I'm ready for a serious break.