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City: Palm Bay
State: Florida
Country: United States
Begins: Oct 12, 2018
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Oct 15th, 2018
Start: Round MTN Vicinity
End: Bearcamp Creek Campsite
Daily Distance: 11.2
Trip Distance: 37.5
Hours Hiked: 8.5

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What THE!

I woke up at 5 this morning, mostly because I could not sleep last night. Sometimes in the middle of the night, you hear strange things and it gets into your head. I could have swore that there was something walking or rummaging around our campsite all night long. About 2 am, I was awoken by a bright light and from what I could tell, it was coming from the trail we came in on. Ok, Deliverance flashed thru my mind a few times and after about 15 minutes, I realized it was coming from P-strings tent and found out later that he heard some noise as well and decided to investigate. What I wouldn't give for just one night of peaceful sleep.
But this always happens with me, it takes a couple of nights before I settle in. So, as 5 am rolled around, I decided to go ahead, start packing up and start the day. Every morning, I am always running behind P-string. I think it is the coffee. Drinking coffee is my one peaceful moment where the world stops as I enjoy my coffee. But, this is very consuming, so getting up and packing early did help. Also, I really wanted to start hiking. I am starting to have a small understanding what hikers talk about. Getting on the trail. Can't wait to start hiking. Maybe its the body craving the endorphins that you generate by hiking all day.
One thing that I wanted to experience was camp chatter and trail chatter. Funny, its always the same thing. Trail conditions, food, time we want to quit today and the weird noises we all heard that night. Since our new trail mate had hiked this trail before, he was full of great news. NOT. Lots of steps today. I hate steps. Also, we are picking up our food cache today. Yippee! More weight, since I have not eaten down all my food.
Ok, on the trail, the first 3 miles flew. We got our food cache early and was able to make quick time in repackaging everything. We left the parking lot that heads down, down, and more down towards the Upper Whitewater falls spur trail. Wait a sec!? We are suppose to be going up. The handbook is junk. After hiking straight down about 200 ft, we came to the spur trail to the falls, which is one of the highlights on the trail. Great news! The spur trail is straight up and its all stairs. We dropped our packs and climbed up to see the falls. I will say, the falls was really beautiful and worth the small climb up and back down. Smooth, new trail name for our new friend, said this is where it is gonna suck. 600 ft straight down. Plus, more blow downs which made it even more challenging. All I'm thinking is I just added about 6.5 lbs of food and I was feeling every ounce of it. We did make it down and saw that there was an outcropping of rocks that lead into the river/stream, so we decided to stop, eat, get water, rest and take a splash bath. 45 minutes later, after doing a little "wash maintenance" we packed up and headed out on some flat trail for about 3 miles. The trail followed the river for about 2 miles and it was an absolute amazing stretch of trail.
Shortly after that, it was stairs, stairs, stairs. Stairs up, stairs down, and it never ended. At one point, it was 800 feet down in 2/10 of a mile. I was spent. We still had 4.5 miles left and it was that time where you look at yourself, evaluate what you have left in your tank and get your campsite. Can't get this in Florida. Even P-string, who hikes alot, was having some doubts the last couple of miles. Which actually made me feel a little better. I will say, the last 1.5 miles was really beautiful. Our elevation was about 1400 feet and the vegetation turned tropical. Pretty cool. Smooth was already at Bearcamp Creek campsite when we arrived, but still let us have dibs on the flat spots. Really cool hiker. I am so tired, I am hoping I sleep well tonight. Smooth said this was just the beginning for the next couple of days, so this will be a good mental test for me. Camp tonight was awesome though. Lots of laughing, joking and eating. The campsite was actually pretty big, so we were pretty spread out with no chance of bother the other hikers throughout the night.

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The Foothills Trail is 77 miles that traverses thru the Blue Ridge mountains, from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park.

 

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