Weather is so unbelievably frustrating. The forecast told stories of storms, hail, and gusty winds. Well the forecast changed drastically last minute! I had planned to start hiking in the morning on Friday. When I was all packed and ready to go, I checked the weather app again. It said high percent chance of storms with gusty winds and hail possible. As you can read below, I told myself I’d never go out in storms again! So I stayed and home and checked the forecast again about 4 hours later... it had improved to the point where I wish I had decided to go! It’s really disheartening to think about what I missed out on yesterday and today, but I’m glad my dad got the opportunity to come down with me. I made a new plan to hike a little with him and then he would shuttle me to the starting point. I met my dad and our dog, Charlotte, in Frenchburg this morning and we hiked to Devil’s Markethouse Arch. After our successful trip to the arch, we dropped my car off at the Clear Creek Trailhead (my ending point) and drove to Morehead.
With my 31.7 lb. pack, I put on my hiking shoes and said bye to dad. I hiked about 5.5 miles through the cute towns of Morehead and Clearfield and made it up to Amburgy Rocks. It was mostly sunny and I didn’t see a drop of rain until after I set up my tent, and that shower blew over fast. It was so cool to walk by the turtle blazes that I had painted myself a few weeks ago! Amburgy Rocks are some beautiful rocks! They are very similar to the sandstone Rocks in Red River Gorge. I love how you can see the tiny patterned holes and the underclings in the rocks. The wind has painted beautiful lines in this sandstone. There’s a nice campsite with a “winter” vista on top of Amburgy Rocks. I’m always a little scared when camping in new places.... I don’t know if there’s a greater chance for bears here than RRG... the town of Morehead is making a lot of highway noise so maybe that will ward them off. But close to town also means townies might come up here to party- or something like that. I don’t have a lot of miles to do tomorrow, so if I don’t fall asleep tonight, I can sleep tomorrow.
Sheltowee Trace Trail
This trail is 323 miles long running from Morehead, KY to Oneida, TN. This blog is about my journey section-hiking the entire length of the trail. Some trips are a part of the Sheltowee Trace Hiker Challenge. This is a group trip offered by the Sheltowee Trace Association. Once a month I go and hike a different 2-day section of the trail with a big group of backpackers. After doing this for 11 months straight, I will have completed the whole trail within a year.