CLOUDS GO BY

Today  after  packing up I  decided to  hike a mile or two before making  breakfast. There was a lot  of  tall grass  and  ticks at my camp site. The climbs were tough today  mostly  because  of  the  heat. I  can’t  imagine  what  July  and  August  will be  like .  I discovered  that  singing  by myself  in the  woods  I  can  make up my  own  verses and I’m  always  in perfect key. Well, who’s  to know ? I  try to  make  the verses  meaning, like  a  psalm but  I  am no David.

Along  the  way I  met more hikers as well  as  Buddy and Mars from  yesterday. I  asked Flask to take  my picture  at the 1/4 mark. The other day I  passed 500 miles with  Lori  and  Belle  and now I’m  on my  way to  being  1/2 way through.  I    saw another  hiker  I  met from  before  my leave of absence  but he didn’t  recognize  me (Phantom). He was  with  a  group  of  guys  in their  60,s who were  laying  on a bank by the  road. Sometimes  I  think  the  trail  is a  good  excuse  to  regress back  to  the  days  when  as kids we would  just lay on a hill  staring  at  the  clouds. Sometimes  the  relationships formed remind  me  of  junior  high  in hyperspeed. Friendships last as long as  a lunch break or as long as you  can  keep  up  with  the guy  in  front  of  you. Then  later they are reunited  at a shelter  or hostel in some other town.

by the  road. Sometimes  I  think  the  trail  is a  good  excuse  to  regress back  to  the  days  when  as kids we would  just lay o

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