My alarm went off at 3:30 as expected, and I managed to get up before the snooze timer rang the alarm again. It helped that it was fairly warm overnight. As a result, I was actually ready ahead of time, and we got started at 4:20, ten minutes early.
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We were up fairly late last night (by hiker standards), and so Quoi and I were not in any particular hurry to get moving this morning. (Also, Quoi had a headache she said was from sleeping funny.) As a result, we didn’t leave the motel until just after 10.
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It was warm overnight, and I was easily able to get hiking before 7 am. It was also overcast, and would remain so all day, so it was cooler than it might otherwise have been, but more importantly, there was very little direct sunlight.
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At least five trains rumbled through while we were sleeping, but fortunately, it didn’t interrupt our sleep too much. I did roll out of my sleeping bag a little later than I wanted, though, and we got started hiking from Belden at 4:20.
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Our alarms were set for 5 am this morning, but even when they went off, we didn’t budge. It wasn’t until 6 am that we even started to get up.
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