After last weekend, some of our party skipped out on Mondays day hike so a few of us got back together and knocked out the 7.7 miles they missed. This means our little group of hikers is close to completing Section 10. The toe socks worked well to eliminate the toe problems I encountered on last weeks hike. I think part of the problem may be boots that are too loose due to weight loss. More investigation is needed.
I made the mistake of riding my friends trike recently and remembered things like: how much fun they are, how your neck doesn’t hurt, and how much better the view is.
I rode about twenty miles with his wife including a run up Ft. Roots which is a decent hill to work into your River Trail ride. No problems, felt good. Fun stuff.
That ride resulted in me finding an Azub Six for sale in Dallas. So, since this problem was caused by him loaning me his trike, I “made” him ride with me to checkout and ultimately purchase the bike.
It’s a 2014 frame that someone has swapped a few parts out on. New brakes, shifters, derailers, cables, rack, and tires. It’s fun to ride and climbs well. Now it’s time to get comfortable riding and balancing this way before we start going on long rides.
Repository of maps, trip reports, and other planning information for a possible future 330-mile bikepacking trip from Pittsburgh to DC.
Maps and Planning
The forecast looked nice so six of us headed out to take advantage of the three-day holiday weekend. Section 10 of the Ouachita Trail was the target and, since this is an odd section with camping restrictions, a different approach was called for. We started our hike on the western end of the section at the Highway 10 trailhead. We encountered four or five creeek crossings that required the removal of shoes on our way to the only legal campsite on the section. The spur to the Penny Campsite is located 6.5 miles into the hike and takes you 0.9 miles to the Penny property where you’ll find three tent pads, a fire ring, and no water. On Sunday, we continued our eastward hike to finish at Lunsford Corner, 10.2 miles into Section 10 and 12 miles so far for the weekend. After eating lunch at the car, we skipped ahead and hiked the 2.6 miles from the Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitors Center west to Highway 300. On Monday, three of us met up to day hike the 7.7 miles from Lunsford Corner to Highway 300. This brought us to the competition of Sextion 10 and 22.3 miles hiked over the weekend. There were some issues encountered by people just getting back into backpacking. Some of us had toe/foot issues, some had sore hips, some were just tired overall. All in all, it was a good weekend and a nice “first” backpacking trip since losing weight and gaining strength this past year. While hiking, several of us agreed that having a goal would be a motivator to continue to get off the couch this year so we decided we would work towards completing a section hike of the Ouachita Trail this calendar year. So look forward to more OT2020 posts!