After yesterday’s late run on the Bekka Midnight Express into Hamburg to resupply, Stick and I agreed we would be in no hurry to leave the campsite this morning.
I made sure I kept my end of the agreement by sleeping in until 7 a.m.
Thanks to the cranky pants caretaker who won’t let hikers leave garbage here, we didn't want to bring back from Walmart any unnecessary packaging. We quickly emptied the contents of boxes and larger food packages, and dumped them into Walmart bags so we could leave the trash at the store. As a result, one of the chores for this morning before leaving camp was to sort that food so I’d be able to find what I wanted when I reached into my food bag.
From the start of my hike last April, I had been using Platypus collapsible water bottles, but now they were starting to get a little gross. They’re not easy to clean, so I decided to replace them with bottles a lot of hikers use. While at Walmart last night, I bought a couple of bottles of Smartwater.
One of the reasons I liked the Platypus bottles was they came with a handle, with which I could clip to the shoulder strap of my backpack. This made the bottle easy to reach.
I could see why the slender and lightweight Smartwater bottles were popular, but they don’t provide a way to latch on a backpack with a carabiner. To fix that, I discovered some parachute cord tied to a nearby tree. After untying it from the tree, I created my own attachment loops for the water bottles. They worked well and I was "leaving no trace" by removing the rope.