Originally Posted by Acer
Thats a heck of a clip at the speed you were going. Keep it up but watch your cardio as you pace yourself.
It's the Pine Barrens, flat as a board. I could never do that pace on the Appallachian Trail.
My motivation for maintaining such a pace was threefold:
1) I did NOT want to night hike. I started at 2:45 pm on Saturday and knew it would take a heckuva pace to make Batona by night fall. I made it with about 15 minutes to spare - I needed my headlamp to finish hanging my hammock.
2) SilentOrpheus called and said he was coming down to hang with me at Batona. I couldn't get the thought of a frosty cold adult beverage out of my head. I knew it was waiting for me, calling me to hurry up and get to camp.
3) I just wanted to get it over - it was a training hike, not a sight-seeing hike. Normally, I lollygag and take frequent breaks. Not this time. On the return trip I lolligagged. I had never done that section and had some oooh! ahhh moments looking at Mullica River scenery like Beaver Pond.