Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Day One Hundred-thirteen, 090621 - Danielsville, GA

Day One Hundred Thirteen, Date Sunday, June 21, 2009
Time in Saddle: 8:08
Distance for the Day: 67.08 miles From White Plains To Danielsville, GA
Accumulated Trip Distance: 5384.94 miles
Altitudes: Starting/Ending 614’/744’, Highest: 824’ Accumulated: 3402’
Speeds: Avg: 8.2 mph, Max: 35.0 mph
Weather: 74° humid warming to the mid 90s
Expenditures: $20

I got up at 5:40am, broke down camp, and ready to roll at 6:27am. The sky was high overcast, and the air was fairly humid. There were mosquitoes, but they weren’t too aggressive. Still, I got a few bites. I stopped at 8am in Siloam and got breakfast and a lot more liquids ($12.50). I etered Ocogee Nat’l Forest at 8:20am, and noted the terrain was becoming even more and more hilly, and my average speed had dropped. I also noticed for the first time that my chest gets *very* sweaty. Whenever I drink any liquid, it comes out almost immediately as sweat out of my chest, and gets my shirt sopping wet. I began to keep my hand towel with me, to soak up all that sweat! Arrgh! I missed a turn in Siloam and took a tangent that added unnecessary miles to my route, taking me through Athens – I hate it when that happens. I got back on course at Colbert, and stopped to eat lunch on side of road, and of course, read my book. The wind had picked up quite a bit (10-12mph) and it was hot, so I hung out my clothes and sleeping bag to dry. By around 12:35pm I was ready to pack up and move on. I replenished my liquids a few more times ($8) (hot!)
At about 7pm, I noticed a high school and thought I’d pull in to investigate it as a possible camp site. I knocked on few doors, but got no answers – so far, so good. I hung out, reading my book while waiting for sun to go down and to verify no activity before setting my hammock near the center of the football field in front of the grandstands (N34 7.127’ W83 12.665’). While setting up, I saw one firefly. That surprised me – it was the first firefly I’d seen since entering Georgia. So, there are still some…


obi_donkenobi said...

(Julie's comment): hey don. i heard that the original listerine (brown one) keeps skeeters off...u should give it a try... there is a box here for you too. was weird to see blog jump to blog 15 from florida to tennessee...i thought u were going to stick to the shoreline. when do u think you will get here? i'd like to try and take a few days off.

obi_donkenobi said...

Hi Julie: I ordered a couple of bottles of Avon's "Skin So Soft" insect replellent. From what I gather, it repels not only mosquitoes, but no-see-ums, as well. No other product I've ever heard of also repels no-see-ums. I also heard that rubbing alcohol stops the itching, if a skeeter does get you. I was planning to stick mostly to the shoreline, but I'd heard the Blue Ridge Pkwy was really nice, so thought I'd go inland a bit to see it, too. Besides, after doing practically the entire coastline of Florida, I was ready to hit some mountains, again. It's hard to say exactly when I'll hit NJ, but it *should* be sometime around early July, I hope. Love ya! ;~Don

t chad said...

Don- Real nice to meet you on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina on June 25,2009.

Our travelog is located at: www.thepinehouse.com/travelog.

If you let me know where to email the photos I will send the photo of you for your blog and a photo of the Azalea blossoms where we stopped.

Best wishes, Tom Chadwick

obi_donkenobi said...

Hi Tom: I *love* your blogsite! You've got a real artist's eye, and your photos show it. It was great meeting you, and THANKS again, for the water.