I make my way from Bluff Hammock along semi wet trail. The water is not deep but I sink often into foul smelling thick mud. The aging boardwalks, constructed with lumber form downed Cyprus and pine trees, are a big help as thy skirt me around the sloggiest portions of the trail.Â The cool of the morning also makes the going easier but still the constant lifting and sinking in the mud are tiring.
At day’s end I finish this part of the route at the Kissimmee Camp Ground. Then, following my plan to have a support vehicle nearby, I drive in a big circle to the trail starting again at the Avon Air Force base. I plan to start out the next day along the Kissimmee River again. But to get to the start point I have to negotiate more than 20 miles of the Avon Base dirt and dusty roads. Signs warning of practice bombing areas keep me focused and add an air of excitement to this great adventure.
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
Board walks and mud