Alas, ye olde crappy Asolo 520 boots.
DAY SEVENTEEN TRIP 142
TRAIL: West Fork/Poplar Cove
CAMP Bike Grave Camp
ANOTHER COLD NIGHT
It's 1 in the morning and cold here next to Rough Creek
It's tea time again in West Fork Camp. One more night and I'm out of here, the only question is do I pack and get closer to my evac site in case of rain tonight and into tomorrow.
BIKE GRAVE CAMP
I left West Fork Camp and hked over FS 221 and went down the trail past several landmarks and reached the point where the trail stops descending and starts climbing next to a creek by the brick gravesite cross but well before the cross I find a level campsite next to the creek which required some work to clear of vines and rocks but camp is arranged and it looks to be an excellent spot even though it's next to a foot trail shared with bicycles. Let's hope I'm far enough off the path to not get hit.
AFTERNOON CRAP OUT
Of course there's nothing better than laying down on the exped and taking an afternoon nap. I'm up again at 3:30 by the buzzing of 2 chainsaws nearby clearing some of the bicycle trails below the BMT. I've eaten all my dehydrated meals so I'm left with oatmeal which is excellent anyway so I'm not worried as it makes a great dinner with enough butter and maybe a hunk of goat cheese. The called-for rain today ain't here yet but I'm sure it will come by nightfall and into tomorrow.
THE JOY OF A GOOD CAMP
You always know when you're at a good camp when you quietly hike up and down the trail next to your camp for an hour just to stretch the legs and let dinner digest. Day 17 comes to an end as the sun sets and the twilight of the day becomes night. It's my last night of the trip and I still wait for the big rain that was supposed to come today but has not so where is it? Not a single backpacker or bicyclist has passed by today and I hope a wheeled contraption doesn't zoom by in the dark.
ASOLO BOOT FAILURE
Like a pair of cheap Sears hunting boots, my fairly new and expensive Asolo 520 gtx boots disintegrated on this trip when the vibram sole delamminated and detached from the upper boot. It first started last year in Mt Rogers when a heel pulled apart and I squirted in some McNetts seamgrip and it worked for awhile. Now less than a year later the whole left sole is 70% detached and only my walking weight keeps it from tearing loose. I've never had this glue problem with my other Asolos, the 95's and the Fugitives. Their 520 factory obviously is producing shoddy crap with built in flaws.
You'd think a boot press along with industrially heated blue could seal these things together but no they pull apart with minimal use. I feel like sending a nasty email to the company but this screed must suffice. I'll call them and try and get a new boot or some other satisfactory solution. In the meantime I'll use an old FSN 95 boot for my March trip back into the Citcio to see the Cranberries.