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Four days until Christmas!

2005-09-19

Mile 230, along Highway 60, just East of the Kissimmee River (27.804 N, 24.184 W)It's raining, but the hammock seems to be doing what it was designed to do (that is, keep me dry). I had stopped after only twenty miles. I was hoping to do more. The hammock was set up just as the rain began, so I guess it worked out.

About half of today was spent on the actual Florida Trail. Whenever a vehicle trail was going the same direction as the Florida Trail, I opted for the easier walking of the vehicle trail. This was especially true in the afternoon when I had converted my pants to shorts and didn't want to deal with all the weeds of the unkempt trail. To be fair, on today's leg one could actually make out a trail between the blazes, so it's getting better.

I'm definitely out of the Everglades or what might have at one time been the Everglades. You can actually see elevation changes (but you have to look). There are many gnarled oak trees and piney forests and palmetto prairies. The trail crosses sloughs and even a stream or two.

I should reach Christmas (a town) in four or five days (85 miles). To that end I spent $40 between the River Ranch store and the Country Corner store on Highway 60 on what would have been probably $15 worth of food at Wal-Mart. Oh well. The selection was poor, so for the next four days I shall feast on cereal bars, energy bars, pop tarts, crackers, a little tub of peanut butter, a few flour tortillas and some Pringles.

I discovered a perfectly good pair of Nike Air sneakers beside the road. The insides appear un-worn. (Actually, I had also found a good pair of Rebocks this morning, but they were too small.) The Nikes' only problem was a broken lacing mechanism which was quickly fixed by creating new holes using a wire (again, thank you road) heated with a lighter. As an experiment, I shall see if those shoes affect my comfort at all tomorrow. If not, I shall re-chuck them.

Critters: Deer, hogs, turkeys, lots of snakes. This morning I could hear coyotes as I was packing up camp and found their tracks a short distance down the trail. I encountered several bulls on the road (ON, not on the other side of a fence). The first refused to budge as I approached, but waited patiently for me to pass without taking issue. The second, with a more intimidating appearance (big horns), Ambled away slowly when it finally noticed me. This is in stark contrast to the cows who are always in herds and who bolt the second they see you.

 
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