West Point on the Eno (Eno River) to Hickory Hill Boat Ramp (Falls Lake)

Hike: Mountains to Sea Trail – Segment 10
Date: June 30th
Notes: We started our second day on this segment as early as we could.  We knew it would be another scorcher, so we lined up our cars bright and early (just after 6 a.m.).  We made a quick breakfast run at the Bojangles around the corner from the hotel.  Drove the short distance out to Hickory Hill Boat Ramp, well we tried to, the road leading to the parking area was closed.  We were curious if we could still reach it, but alas we could not.  We did see where the MST came out of the woods, but this gave us a short scramble on what to do next.  We back-tracked some and discovered another route to the parking area.  Then we drove back to the amphitheater parking area in Durham.

What a difference a good nights rest means.  We hiked along Eno River for a good long distance, going in and out of woods and a lot of times wading into knee to thigh-high weeds.  Keep moving and the ticks won’t get you (more on that later).  We came across Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve.  Beautiful portion of the trail in the Eno River area.  Whoever maintains this did an absolutely great job and it was a joy to get out of the weeds.  We crossed Old Oxford road (a little bit of confusion in this area about how to get to the trail.  We figured it out and got back on our way, and more high weeds.  Then the heat got us.  We were getting that mid-morning heat, and it was miserable.  We also hit a stretch where we were in the sun a lot while crisscrossing power line areas.  Not at all a problem, just hot.

We found ourselves back at the car by mid-afternoon.  Heat exhaustion was hitting us hard.  I drunk down a Cola and had a small snack then changed into driving home clothes.  I noticed a tick bite with the tick grabbed on pretty good.  Maybe I shouldn’t have done this, but I yanked him off.  He came off cleanly.  I then used an anti-bacterial wipe and cleaned the area (later back home found another tick on the back of my calf, but got this one off pretty easily).

Ended up going to the doctor later in the week with an inflamed tick bite area.  Not the one I yanked off surprisingly.  Be careful!  The ticks are bad.  I’m soaking my clothes in permethrin before getting back out there.  You should too!

Total Miles: 17.47

Eno River State Park Pleasant Green Road to West Point on the Eno

Hike: Mountains to Sea Trail – Segment 10
Date: June 29th
Notes: We departed our homes mid-day and drove directly to Durham.  It was HOT!  94 degrees at the start of the hike.  We took plenty of water and tried to hydrate before the hike.  We started approximately at 2pm and followed the footpath around and along the Eno River.  At some point or another, we found ourselves at a massive popular quarry site full of young folks swimming and getting sun.  We continued on our journey around the quarry thinking if we had time it would be nice to float around and cool it!  At some point, someone resting along the quarry asked us if we needed anything water?  How considerate!  But we were good.  We did miss the trail around the quarry, probably because our attention was divided.  We soon found our error and continued along.  I grabbed a photo (see below) of a young adult carrying their massive pink floater back to their car.  lol

The rest of the day was uneventful.  The bugs were not too bad, maybe the mosquitos, but I feel like the high intense dose of Off I took before leaving helped me fight them off.  We kept moving and made it our destination, a city park in Durham called West Point on the Eno.

We spent the night at the Red Roof Inn, located a local friend for dinner (Peter), and called it a night.  I crashed hard.  Apparently, there were several arrests made at the hotel that evening.  Didn’t hear a thing!

Total Miles: 10.65