We had planned to hike 26 miles yesterday but because we knew we would be slowed down a lot by the boulder fields we reduced our mileage to 20. It was a smart move . We encountered the most challenging stretches early in the day, including the appropriately named Knife Edge. The rocks were still wet from the rain the night before, so we had to take it slow. Later in the day we climbed the dreaded Lehigh Gap Rocks which were actually fun. The rocks had dried out and there were good handholds so the climbing went quickly.
Overall it still took us eight hours to hike 20 miles, which is well below our normal pace. Considering the conditions, though, we were satisfied with our progress for the day. We have 30 miles to go in Pennsylvania and then hopefully we’ll be out of the rocks for a while.
After the hike we enjoyed the fantastic hospitality of the Relyeas again with another cookout. Their daughter Jen, her husband Mark, and their children Abby and Aiden joined us. It was a real family affair. I only wish their son, Pete, could have come down from Brooklyn but that wasn’t possible.
Today we have a few more ‘ankle breakers’ to hike through but the weather is great and we’re taking it relatively slow, so it should be a good day.
Here’s a photo from the Knife Edge, and a couple of photos as we approach Lehigh Gap. You can see the rock slope that we had to climb in the distance.