Starting Location: Delaware Water Gap, PA
Destination: Brink Road Shelter
Total Miles: 1312.6
What an exciting first day in New Jersey, my 8th state! Quite a few rocks still laying around ala PA, but nice trail, lots of nice views from grassy ridges (a welcome change from Pennsylvania), a smell of spring and blooming mountain laurel in the air, and my first bear sighting since Shenandoah. I crossed the 1300-mile mark today on my first day out with the new ULA backpack. It felt great all day and didn't fall apart—already a step up from my first day with the Six Moon Designs pack that is now gone forever after a mere 2 weeks on the trail.