We arrived at the site of Woods Blockhouse. We have set up camp in a barn with a wood stove thanks to Warney Joseph, the owner.
These shorter mile days gives us a chance to do some gear maintenance and washing up. Even though today’s miles were blacktop, they were farm country with cows, sheep and horses. Tomorrow we get into deeper forest with some off road hiking.
Our bodies are very well adjusted to the walking now. Yes, they are still sore in the evening but the mornings we are refreshed and ready to walk. The pioneers, no doubt, were tougher than us and travel through the wilderness was less of a physical challenge.
The weather promises to provide more sun and warmth in the next few days. Five more nights and this expedition is history.
In the photo is Warney, his grandson Dalton, John Fox and Givan standing on the very spot of the first permanent building in the wilderness of Kentucky, Woods blockhouse.
Today was rainy but a much shorter walk than the last several days. 12 miles instead of 20. We reached one of the hidden gems along Boone Trace. The marker for Woods Blockhouse shows the location for one of the oldest permanent buildings in KY.
Thanks to Worney Joseph for his hospitality. And to my dad, John Fox, for ceaselessly driving up and down the Trace keeping us supplied and on the right route. — in Hazel Patch, Kentucky.