Well. My sleeping pad holds up for 4 hours before becoming too deflated that I wake up. I took two air breaks in the middle of the night to blow it up again, and was on the ground again in the morning.
We were on trail by 7 - which is the earliest start we've had yet. I was misled by the book, which describes the morning section of trail like a roller coaster. We cruised up and down 3 rolling hills but it wasn't bad at all; also, it was foggy and cool out which helped. We continued on dirt roads for a while chatting most of the way and at our snack break we were passed by three runners who we had seen earlier. They commented about my Altra's and how you can't get those here. I got thinking about it, we are so spoiled to have Amazon and access to almost any product! Our selection often times is so diverse, especially compared to Israel, such a tiny place.
Anyways we pressed on passed a small town that had a basketball court that was fully fenced, right in the middle of the entry road it seemed. Very strange. Then on more dirt roads as the sun started to break through the morning fog. We walked passed some kind of military something- it had barbed wire fences, tons of tanks and large vehicles, yet there didn't seem to be anyone around, because of Shabbat? We then talked about the feasibility of sending most soldiers home for Shabbat. Seems like a terrible plan, they must feel secure enough.
We also saw a giant wall being built. I was instantly reminded of starting the PCT and the wall that separates Mexico from Southern California. Why do people think walls will do anything these days? We have planes and so much other technology, a wall is so dumb. Why would building a wall around the West Bank fix anything... and who is paying for it?
Onward to lunch, aka trail magic. We strolled into a picnic area and were greeted by a man who reminded us that it's Tu BiShvat - a holiday celebrating the trees. He forced some "good" Turkish coffee on us and I had one sip so as not to be rude before letting Russ have it. I hate coffee so much! We chatted with some people around the table as they were full of questions.
Eventually, we kind of broke off from the chatty table of people coming and going and set up the tent to dry. We read and ate, and after another hour or so packed up and got going again. Oh and I got to pet a nice man’s really sweet horse which was so so nice!
The afternoon was all gradually and not so gradually up hill. Luckily we chatted the whole time and made it to camp around 4. We lounged, read and had ramen for dinner and I was passed out by 7:30. Sorry not sorry.