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Back at the trailhead

Gary Allman sitting on the tailgate of his vehicle at the Tower Trailhead of Hercules Glades Wilderness, Missouri. November 2021.
Back at the trailhead. Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Trip over, and a modest 19.15 miles hiked and 2,000 ft. of elevation climbed. Time for a shower and a beard trim!

It’s 11:45 so I’m in good time to get home before Ginger needs the car.

End of Trip Thoughts

  • Once again I tried to carry my quilts loose in my pack, and once again the experiment failed. The pack is much easier to manage when they are in their stuff sacks.
  • Smart Water bottle. It gets a ‘Meh’ vote from me. It was fine, but I prefer my Platty.
  • I got to use the first aid kit this trip, which is unusual.
  • I got to use the spares kit this trip, which is also unusual. I lost the cap from a water pouch.
  • I need to go on a few more higher mileage trips. I think I managed an 11 or 12 mile day last year. Eight miles is about my maximum at the moment.
  • Always take a brimmed hat. The sun was so low I had a lot of trouble seeing where I was going at times.
  • Unless you are a social animal, steer clear of Long Creek, Long Creek Trail and The Falls, they are always busy.
  • Never trust my camp chair not to tip me out with minimal notice.
  • I should have taken a sleeping bag liner for the first night. That or my winter top quilt.
  • The Lightheart hiking skirt is really good. As I’ve said elsewhere, it has lots of usable pockets, is very lightweight, sheds water and dries quickly. The center snap is great for converting it to baggy shorts when in public.

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