As suggested by Scribbles, and at the request of my blistered feet, I continued on the support crew for a few more days. After dropping off the hikers, we would move the vans farther down the trail where access was available. We would meet them with drinks, snacks and water to top off their bottles.
I brought out my “bear bag” rope and set up a clothes line whenever possible. Every morning our tents were soaked. Having a nice place to let them dry was a simple luxury.
Since our group was now walking along the west side of Lake Okeechobee, it was all a dike walk. There are no trees, only an occasional covered bench.
I know the trail from participating in the annual Big “O” hike the last two years, which is why I was in no hurry to rush back onto this part of the trail while my feet were still healing. I already had these miles behind me.
There’s a lot of beautiful Florida ahead, and I want to be healthy enough to enjoy it!