Not so great weather today. It started raining just before we woke up so this was the first day packing up in the rain. Luckily it was a very light rain so we did not get too wet but it was a good practice of the new setup. We keep the tarps separate from the hammocks so we can leave the tarps up until the very last minute while we take down the hammocks and pack everything else. It worked well, but I lost my pack cover a few days ago so during the last few steps things got a little wet. The pack cover I had did not even keep the rain out so it would have been pretty useless anyway.
The light drizzle lasted most of the day. We wore our rain jackets when it was level or downhill and took them off going uphill. We got chilled sometimes and sweated in the jackets sometimes so in general it was not a pleasant day.
The terrain was not too bad. We had to cross over a few ridges to get to cove mountain and passed through more fields to get there. Once up on cove mountain it got pretty rocky so even though we were not changing altitude much, it was rough and slow going. The view over the Susquehanna river from Hawk Rock was pretty clear despite the rain. Visibility was probably about ten miles.
We made it into Duncannon, PA by 2 PM and went straight to the famous Doyle hotel. It was once owned by Anheuser Busch and the current building is 110 years old. We had heard the hamburgers were good but when we went to order apparently their Friday delivery had not come and they were out of nearly everything. They did have Buffalo chicken salads and that suited us well as we were both craving greens.
We then did a quick resupply at the local convenience store and got a shuttle to a hotel just north of town. We were advised by many southbounders to not stay at the Doyle. Our first load of laundry in 10 days is done and every bodily orifice properly scrubbed. It feels good to be clean.