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Steven "" J
City: St. Paul
State: Minnesota
Country: United States
Begins: Jun 25, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Start: Wiesbaden, Germany
End: Rudesheim, Germany
Daily Distance: 24
Trip Distance: 197.6

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Back to Rudesheim and Storms!

Back to Rudesheim, Part 2! Back on the Rheinsteig on one of the warmest days of the year so far. I had a few new and interesting problems such as embedded gravel in my sock that caused a long bruise on the outside bottom edge of my foot (should have brought a second pair...) and legitimate storms. Broke the filter back out and made sure to mark my water bottles this time so I didn't accidentally drink untreated water. I'm sure I'd be safe, but I am concerned about water quality because there is a common trend to cluster small pastures along the edges of the intermittent streams, meaning that while there may be no stock where you fill water, they may be just a few hundred meters up behind the trees. I don't expect this to be as much of a problem on the PCT. The storm made itself known as I was filling water at mile 10, became a continuous rumble at about mile 15, and became a beautiful slow, cold rain at mile 16. Unfortunately lighting strikes within two miles forced us to take shelter (luckily there was a hiker gazebo on the trail) and we waited it out. Following that short delay, there was a nice walk in the now-cool afternoon down to a schnitzel dinner. I'm no surprise at all, I always get the same thing. Creature of habit I suppose.

Oh yeah, I also broke out the umbrella again (much preferred to a rain jacket in light rain) and used it for both the rain and sun. It was great, I highly recommend.

Maybe now would be good to do a quick gear overview.

Hiking clothing is pretty standard, some columbia shorts and a cheap polyester tee, darn tough socks with la sportiva wildcats, and a kuhl hat. On my back I carried a ULA Catalyst with random gear inside, with a six moon designs ultralight umbrella (I'm pretty sure they're just one of a series of manufacturers reproducing the old Go Light umbrella) and finally, my sawyer squeeze with smartwater bottles. All of it is working great and fits well.

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