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Day 55 | mile 1000.3 - 1016.9 | to Bridgeport

Woke up at 4:55. Birds were singing and I could see the sun just starting to come up through the net of my tent. I started my stove for breakfast.

Speaking of the stove, the igniter is completely broken now. It doesn’t even click. Good thing Forrest gave me his matchbox. But it’s too bad I’m so bad at striking them.

While the water was boiling, I got dressed. I was savoring my last few mosquito-free moments. Breakfast was surprisingly good: instant potatoes + cheese stick + bacon bits. I was kind of dreading it after the last awful ramen-mashed potato mistake. I also ate my English muffin with cream cheese because I didn’t think I was going to take a break to eat it otherwise.

Packed up and got going at 6. The boys had just started stirring in their tents.

Every morning I start hiking and I don’t think I have it in me to go up that long hill or do whatever number of miles. And somehow every day I do, and usually more than I had planned. Today I was dreading a long uphill.

I started w…

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