We knew it would most likely take us from sun up to sun down so we decided to meet and hit the trail at 7 am. In fact we started on the trail at 6:58 am
This was the only time we would see the sun today. It rose just as we started the trail with a temperature of 15F (-9.5C) but quickly clouded over and remained the same all day. In fact the light changed very little from 7 am to 5 pm.
Berryman is a 25 mile loop. we decided to do it counterclockwise as the East loop in rougher of the two sides
We totally lucked out with the frost flowers this morning. There literally dozens and dozens of Frost Flowers that had sprung up everywhere along the trail and they were huge!
the trail in Missouri in the winter is pretty much just a brown tunnel, not a lot of changing scenery, but we were really glad to be walking. We only saw one person on a mountain bike all day. We had the woods to ourselves!
The west side of the Berryman loop in the official Ozark Trail, the East side is considered the OT spur trail
at exactly noon (5 hours of walking) we made it to the half way point
We had planned on taking an hour from lunch, but it was so cold that sitting around was just not very comfortable. It got to be a high of 32F (0C) but with even the smallest breeze it was very chilly. So we spent about 15-20 minutes and then got back walking again
Besides the Frost Flowers there was an abundance of fungus along the trail.
On the west loop the stock pond is the only water until Beecher Spring
We took a few minutes to look at the campsite. One of the trees we have hung our hammocks on many times was now down. Could be beetles made it weak and then a strong wind finally knocked it over.
The old stump that looks like a deranged rabbit was still there, looking more weathered and deranged than every!
A look at my new 35 liter pack from Pa'lante Packs. This is the Simple Pack.
5 hours for the first 12.5 miles and 5 hours for the last 12.5 hours. Pretty good pace for coming off the couch to attempt a big day.
After a celebration beer at the trail head, we headed into Potosi to Boos Market, now called West Side Grille, for a very large hamburger and fries as well as another beer before the two hour drive home.
I can tell you getting out of the car after two hours of driving and then getting out of bed this morning was no easy feet. I made sure to take plenty of Vitamin I before bed as I had three hockey games to officiate today.
Cory and Joe both had personal bests for their highest mileage days on the trail. It was really a fun time on the trail.