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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: Jun 1, 2018
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jul 20th, 2018
Start: St. Croix River
End: Interstate Park
Daily Distance: 8
Trip Distance: 1,050.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 365
Journal Visits: 14,358
Guestbook Views: 152
Guestbook Entrys: 6

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Ice Age Trail Day 50

The 30% chance of rain started at around 6:30 and didn't stop for about 16
hours. What the hell. It rained hard for the first few hours and then just
lightly when I woke. I covered most of the remaining miles early on as the
trail left the river and did a semi circle around St. Croix. I was excited
for Hospital Esker, the highest Esker on the trail at a whopping 110' which
was supposed to have excellent views but all I saw were trees. I guess they
meant good views when the trees have no leaves. I wound around town but
left 1.5 miles to go as I had an entire day to kill. I did laundry first as
I fly tomorrow and my clothes haven't been washed in a month. That was
necessary and nice. Then I walked a couple miles out to the fast food area
primarily to go to Walmart to buy a bag to put my backpack in to check on
plane, resupply on miscellaneous items for the next hike and buy a cotton
T-shirt to wear for the next few days I'll be off with a friend. Then I
rotated from Subway to McDonald's to Dairy Queen from 9-3.

Finally at days end I walked back to the road junction I left off and
finished the last 1.5 miles through Interstate Park which is a park on both
sides of the St. Croix river and true to its name takes in Wisconsin and
Minnesota. The finish spot was a nice plaque on cliffs with a great river
overlook.

And that was that. Yay! If you've been reading obviously the last 3 weeks
have been pretty horrible with the mosquitoes, deer flies and
heat/humidity. Up until the North Woods 3 weeks ago I was quite enjoying
myself, even with all the road walking. It's too bad I'm a bit scarred from
the last 3 weeks and will probably remember that the most. I did get a bit
unlucky with a much hotter/humid summer than normal which also resulted is
worse trail conditions. The locals also have been saying it's rained more
than usual adding bumper crops of mosquitoes. So maybe it was just bad
luck. I'm still happy to have hiked the trail.

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