I woke after sleeping a little better in the hammock. Still it’s not the Ritz. Made some oatmeal, packed up a little faster, and headed out. The first 10 miles were woods and hills again. I’m still thirsty but have been able to find water despot the dry conditions up here. There was a beautiful little stream I came upon at one pint. But also during a short road walk, I passed the Pleasantville Township hall where they had an outdoor spigot hikers can use. That was wonderful although the lady who works in the building didn’t seem to think as much about dirty, smelly me.
About halfway through the hike, I came out of the woods and had several miles of road walk into Conway and the bike path from there to Petoskey. The road walls are a nice change, getting out of the woods where it’s humid and sometimes picking up a breeze. But the trade off is cars and trucks and hot pavement.
Anyhow when I got to Conway, there was a little public beach at Crooked Lake which I took advantage of for a couple hours trying to wash off the dirt and resting. Then I hiked into Bay View, stopped at Petoskey Brewing Company for a burger, past the Bay View Inn (where Anne and I have stayed a few times and which is wonderful) and Petoskey, then stopped at the grocery store for some more snacks including a Mountain Dew (yahoo!) Finally I hiked the last four miles or so on the bike path along the bay (beautiful) and took a room in a hotel. Another 20+ mile day… I felt I deserved a shower and hotel night.