Well, the shower was for nothing. I reek again after 10 min on the trail this morning. Started out with a 3 mi climb… Today the gnats were out in full force following my special scent on every climb. Once I made the summit and there was a tiny bit of wind, they went away. The pic is of my most valuable possession today… a bug net. Gnats now, horse flys next, and then the hoards of mosquitoes…. You know you wish you were here!! I saw what I thought might be trail magic today, a cooler by the road about 300 yards off the trail…. It was just people selling eggs. I didn’t realize that it was also the location of the cookie lady, I didn’t see the sign on her house.. I missed it! Everyone goes to the cookie ladies house… oh well! I did about 17 miles today since I made the first shelter by noon, 8 miles. I didn’t want to waste the rest of the day just sitting….17 hurt but I’m here. I’ll try to get more pics but it was so hot hiking today it was all I could do to just get here…whew !!! Still hiking alone but see an occasional friendly in the shelters….