May 27, 2019
My journey continues with my second hike of the year. I am hiking on the North Country Trail in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
In his masterpiece “Appalachian Trials”, Zach Davis titles Chapter 6 “When Shit Hits The Fan” and he defines Thru-Hiker Fact #1 as: “there will come a time during your thru-hike when shit hits the fan”. He continues to describe a time, when on trail, you will hit a mental road-block, paired with physical, environmental, and logistical obstacles. He concludes his chapter opening paragraph by stating “the trail (just) has a way of testing a person”.
Not a 2200 mile 6-month thru-hike, rather a 70 mile 6-day hike out and back, and the North Country Trail found a way to test me!
I was fortunate enough to be able to spend Day 3 of my planned 6-day trek, ‘Zeroing’ at the ROAM Inn in Munising, MI – allowing myself and my body to recover from the epic post-holing event and hike out, back to the Munising Falls Visitor Center on Day 2 – all while the weather turned for the worse, temperatures dropped to the low 40’s and it rained for the entire day.
I took advantage of my downtime and revisited every single item in my pack, removing anything and everything I felt was not absolutely necessary, with the biggest weight reduction coming from removing additional camera and photography items that were more ‘nice-to-have’ as opposed to ‘must-have’.
I also revised my itinerary – changing the remainder of my 6-day trek into three individual section-hikes instead of trying to catch-up to my original planned hike and miles. This also allowed me to change the amount of food I was required to carry (basically a pound for each day on the trail), lightening my pack an additional 2-3 lbs.
Hike Data – Day 3
- North Country Trail 0 miles
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