The bubble always has to burst at the beginning of every trip and todaywas just such a day. After three nights of sub freezing temperatures and atotal of 5 if you count the two nights in the mid thirties, I am just plainexhausted.
The last three nights have been near sleepless as I toss and turn trying tostay warm. It is a miracle that I have managed to put in 60 plus miles eachday, but as I said, today I crashed.
The morning temp was a sweltering 19 degrees with a hard frost thrown in forgood measure, you know, just in case there was any doubt about how cold itgot. I was up at dawn and everything was frozen, including the tent andfly. It was a good thing I emptied my water bottles or they would have beenfrozen solid as well.
As a consolation for my misery I thought a Waffle House breakfast was inorder and so it was, the massive Big Slam. I ate it all and would havelicked the plate if other folks had not been around to witness my feasting.The pace at which I inhaled two eggs, hash browns, two pieces of toast, twosausage patties, and one large waffle with three extra things of butter, wasenough to frighten any innocent bystander.
Thinking that this would set me straight I was back on the trail, the scenicroute down the last bit of Florida coast, into Alabama. While I managed toget some miles in it was a complete struggle. Nothing felt good; my arms,back, neck, and left knee were all complaining loudly. I just needed tomake the Mobile ferry and all would be good-- rest awaited me on the otherside.
The ferry was uneventful and I made it with little energy to spare.Unfortunately I was going to have to violate my paying for camping rulebecause I just wanted to be done for the day. And so I forked over a big$22 for a night of camping. It just kills me, but at least I was going toget something in return.
I took the longest hot shower of my life in an attempt to warm my core. Itworked and so I am warmer, but still exhausted. I have not had a full dayoff yet and am not sure what I will do tomorrow because there is no way Ican pay for two nights.
For now I am in a warm pavillion typing this note before heading off toanother cold night. Tomorrow's concerns will be solved tomorrow just likethey always are.
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