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
This was mostly road walk, but with some great hiking along the Haw River Trail. The Haw River is beautiful, and the trail is great way to see the areas along it. The little mill village of Glencoe was the highlight of this area. They have taken exceptional care with this little town, and I envy the folks that live there. The homes are gorgeous.
We left Bryan Park, and it looked totally different from where we left off hiking there in Feb. 2016. We had to drive around a little bit, because the parking lot where we left the destination car was GONE now! There are soccer fields that weren’t there before, and a new parking lot for them. I didn’t recognize the area, but we found good parking at the soccer fields parking lot. Hiking on the road through Elon was an adventure with a ton of traffic. Hiking on these roads really makes me miss the trails we’ve done along the Blue Ridge Parkway! The worst of the road walk was near the destination car at Shallow Ford Natural Area. We passed a school, and what had to be a factory at quitting time. We were passed by a plethora of vehicles, with barely any shoulder to speak of to walk on. We had to “ditch walk”! Reminded me of Summerfield on an earlier hike.
The next day had more trail, with the Haw River Trail incorporated into the MST. This was a pleasant change, but this hiking on and off trail and road takes much longer than just road walk. It made day 2 a much longer day, and K, M, & P all got back to the destination car at Mebane Food Lion right at dark. Luckily, the Town of Mebane had good street lighting.
There weren’t many places to stop on this route between Shallow Ford and Mebane. We presumed there would be some convenience stores, but we found there really weren’t any to speak of…not without having to walk off the route out of the way.
After two days of mostly road walk, I sum this hike up as…”The agony of de feet”!!! I need to invest in some more “cushiony” shoes for pounding the pavement, so to speak. We have about 18 more miles to go to finish this segment and get to Eno River State Park. Hopefully we can knock it out around the early part of 2018.