Starting Location: Crampton Gap Shelter
Destination: Ensign Cowall Shelter
Total Miles: 1049.2
A really nice stretch of trail today got my spirits back up, though my backpack continues to fight me for a comfortable hike, more now with my incredible shrinking waist! I caught a welcome shower on the trail at the Dahlgren backpacker shower facility before heading up the trail to check out the Washington Monument. I chatted awhile there with Silver, a great guy who finished the Triple Crown last year, and started exploring the idea of changing over to an ultralight pack, dumping a bunch of weight, injecting some energy back into my adventure and making myself a lot more comfortable in this heat. My last full day in Maryland; tomorrow it’s on to Pennsylvania!