Well, after the zero day yesterday, I was back on the trail today. Even though it was cold and the wind was howling, I got in 13 miles. I have to qualify that 13 miles, because half of it was slack-packed.
Slack-packing is a method whereby someone (a friend, loved one or hired hand) drives your backpack to a forward point. You hike the distance with only a day pack, and meet up at the prearranged forward point. Diane saved me 6.5 miles of lugging the 32 pound beast on my back.
After the slack-pack, Diane drove home and I continued for another 6.5 miles with the beast.
I’m now at Pine Knob Shelter, somewhere in South Mountain, MD. It is quite cold and I can see a few flurries.