David--young man from Georgia. A friend (girl) got sick. He came to help, but she passed. He was helping her family but was going back to Georgia some time. I pray for his grief and for him to find God.
Elizabeth--heard someone ask about my hike. She offered me $10. I assured her I did not need money but asked if she could take me back to the trail--about 1 1/2 miles away. When I got my pack and hiking poles out of her car, I asked her how I could pray for her. She said she had breast cancer. My prayer list grows.
I had to get to Boiling Springs, PA, by Monday so I could call in for the Elders' Meeting. To do so I needed to make about 70 miles of footprints. Ten miles on Friday and 20 miles each Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Hiked some of Friday afternoon with "Chicago." Camped at Falls Creek campsite. On track for my meeting.
Saturday July 17 About 7 miles up trail I came onto a hiker at Birch Run Shelter. He was about to start his day, so we hiked together, talking and telling stories about our lives. His name is Willy, aged 59 going on 60. He has a problem with church leaders. I told him about our Elder team. He is interested in helping others with a mission trip of some sort.
At Rocky Run shelter--0.2 miles off trail we saw two Amish couples. Had to go further downhill to get water. I beat feet toward the next shelter, hoping to beat the rain.
Made it to Quarry Gap shelter at 4:30 pm. Other hikers included red-headed brother and sister, age 21 and 24. At 5:30 the downpour came. Rained hard for several hours, at least 2 inches. Willy came in soaked.