Day 16 – Easter Rainday

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

We grabbed a quick breakfast and headed towards a Laundromat to wash our clothes.  While there, it began to rain.  We packed up our clothes, put on our rain gear and headed out of Chambersburg.  On the way out of town we stopped at a grocery store to get some food and buy some latex gloves to keep our hands dry in the cold rain.  We were getting a late start, had 20 mountainous miles to cover, and the weather was certainly not ideal.

Even an abandoned farm house looks welcoming on a day like today.

This was the standard road condition today

This is not as fun as it looks. This doesn’t look fun you say? Exactly.

We trudged along the rain-soaked roads, and as we started to climb in elevation, a dense fog rolled in.

Climbing the mountain

A melancholy mountain

Oh good, fog. That’s just what we need.

Pushing our carts up mountains proved to be even more challenging than we expected.  Our inner layers of clothing were soaked with sweat, and our outer layers were drenched with rain. We arrived at the Buchanan State Forest after walking almost 8 straight hours.  We were extremely cold and physically exhausted.  We hastily set up camp, changed into dry clothes, and wrapped ourselves in our sleeping bags to get our body temperatures warm again.  After warming up, we ate some canned food and then treated ourselves to an Easter dessert.

Easter dinner dessert

Sleep came soon after.