Eagle Rock Day Two – 16 miles

We got going about 7:25 this morning. The second hill up was a long haul. I shared some of my calories to keep everyone going. About 1030 I went to cross a swollen creek and broke one of my hiking poles. A clean break. When I got to the top of the next hill i carved out a dowel out of wood and repaired it nearly good as new.

We finished the row of hills about 1215 and had lunch. As we sat there it started raining on us. I pulled a weather report from my inreach and it said we were really only going to have rain right then. It cleared up and over the next few miles we rolled along. We visited with a guy at the falls who had cut out early from hiking and we saw he found a hitch back to his car.

We were feeling good so we headed on down the trail. We had a couple of very wet river crossings and after the last one I just sat in the water to filter.

We pulled into our camp about 5 and set up. We had some good dinner and started a fire for the trash.

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Eagle Rock Day One ~7 miles

We left Rockwall about 6:45 and headed up towards Arkansas. We got to the Albert Pike recreation area about 11 and by 1140 we were on the trail. I crossed a tree for the first stream crossing, but Shane broke a pole trying to cross in his sandals.

We had three more major crossing we needed sandals for. During one I stripped down to my boxers the water was so high.

We crossed tons of creeks and right before we started going up hill Phillip and another Huguley guy hiked by. Small world. We hiked over the first of the big hills and made camp near the creek about 430. A couple of guys are camped within view here too. A few more people passed through but we had taken up most of the flat areas. I had a good visit with a guy filtering water who had hiked the ozark highland trail. That’s on my agenda.

We had dinner and visited before I crawled into my tent to relax.

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