June 26th, 2013
Woke up: 8:15 am
Started walking 9:00 am
Went to bed 10:30pm
Miles walked: 9 miles
Title for the day: The Perfect Storm
The day started off awesome, packed up quick and went straight for the trail. Got on and cruised through the Indiana forest. The trail was awesome! Guided by big 6'x12' white blazes, the trail dipped and had real climbs through its entirety that made me have to catch my breath. The forest was thick with large trees and wide variety of undergrowth, it made the top of my list of great trails I have been on during my trip. I zoomed around all it's beauty, stopping to take pictures and enjoy the sights.
The Knobstone trail is widely regarded the most difficult trail in indiana known for the most rugged terrain in the state. It is also the longest trail in all of Indiana.
The trail wound around through all sorts of different features and then came to a huge hill called "Round Knob". I climbed it and had an awesome view of Indiana, I could see forever. Beautiful! Behind me the sky was growing really dark, reeeaally dark. Damn...it was getting dark!
The clouds were moving in fast, I knew it was going to hit within 10 minutes and it wasnt going to be pretty (even though it totally was..you know what I mean). I was just coming down the hill when the lightening started popping off and the wind came with a giant gust, nearly sweeping me off my feet... I ran down the trail like a dingledoody laughing and screaming to the sky "Come get me, Indiana!". The rain started, it poured on me! I was smiling like a beast. This was a nasty storm, and I was in the middle of nowhere getting smacked by it.
I couldn't find where the trail picked back up again after coming down the hill. I had to bust out my phone gps to follow it. It worked, but it lead me to a portion of the trail that was closed due to storm damage. I had no other option but to take it at the moment, there was no sign of the detour anywhere! I was doing some hiking gymnastics over trees in the pouring rain, lightning, and the thunder was insane! Like a sonic boom above my head.
I was doing some hiking gymnastics, going over rain soaked down trees, and trying to navigate the damaged trail. I had to bust my gps out again to see if I was still on trail. I could barely pull up the map because my screen was wet. A tree fell in the distance... damn... This storm was really cookin. I put my phone in my pocket for a moment, then pulled it back out only to find out it had gotten drenched because my pocket had accumulated water. After seeing tree fall and having my phone malfunction I decided I needed to call it a day, the first time during a storm that I actually decided to head into my tent.
I set up underneath a tree that had already fallen, to have protection from any other widowmakers that decided they wanted to come down. I got everything set up, ripped off my cloths and got in my bag. I stated to troubleshoot my phone... Damn... It was gone for good. Everything I tried failed. Spent the rest of the night coming up with a plan for tomorrow.
I was going to follow the trail closely and methodically to be sure I wouldn't lose it to get out of the forest. Get into a town with a library and use the insurance on my phone to get a new one. Get it sent to a police station in a town I will hit later down the road. Fairly simple. Spent the rest of the night messing around with my iPad playing Scramble.
I had a plan, nothing to worry about. Enjoyed being dry and safe in my tent.
Even though I lost my Droid to the rain I had an awesome day. What good storm story is told with everything going right?Feel asleep to the thunde, the patter of rain, and the flaps of my tent blowing in the wind.