I didn’t get too far after the trail magic and stopped at the first shelter as it threatened to rain. this allowed me get an early start 630 in the morning in route for a 20+ mile day that was prefaced and punctuated with step climb. I felt really healthy for the first time in a week. again the trail was marked with the Vistas that are almost becoming common place . I was undecided as to hike 1/2 mile off the trail to a shelter and water when it started to rain , I mean RAIN. like it never rained before . I was never so grateful to have a metal roof over my head. it was so loud I couldn’t hear myself think.