Paula, a trail angel and volunteer of the Sheltowee Trace Association, drove me to the northern terminus of the 323-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation trail today. I was really excited to be hiking south. Every step takes me further from Ohio and closer to Big South Fork, Tennessee. It started off raining.
I think my shoes were waterlogged within the first 15 minutes of the day. The trail was green and the green was wet. Some parts were puddle. Then it started to thunder a little. There was no more singing after that. It continued to rain and thunder every now and then all day as a made my way along the forest trail. I finally made it to Dry Fork Road, 10 miles in, and Clark's Park at 3pm. The sun had made an appearance and I took off my socks and shoes to dry. About 45 minutes later, I could see dark clouds rolling in and I packed up. I should have just went back and unpacked because Clark's Park would have been an optimal camping site for this evening. Right as I went through the red gate, winds picked up, the sky darkened and the clouds began to get noisy. (Why oh why didn't I go back) 2 miles to Holly Fork- that was my goal. I fast walked the 2 miles in loud thunder, close lightning, and seriously deep puddles on the trail. I made it to the campsite and managed to set up my tent in the rain. Everything was at least slightly damp. At the end of the day I was bone dry in my sleeping bag and slept through the night. I saw 4 turtles.
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail
This trail is 333 miles long running from Morehead, KY to Oneida, TN. These blogs are about my experiences backpacking this trail. I've hiked every section at least once and was a class of 2019 Hiker Challenge participant.