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 5.  I arrive at Bears Den hostel. ​ I go inside briefly just to on the Internet and send emails to my family before continuing along the trail. ​ Instead of carrying out last night’s plan I have a good look at the guide and find a little village called Bluemont a few miles further on where there is a store. ​ I go off the trail into Bluemont where I resupply. ​ A banana and a giant tomato are especially yummy. ​ The woman at The Village Market said there were no saucepans at all in her store, but she told me to hold on a moment. ​ She returned moments later from her house next door and gives me a saucepan for free!  Hurray! ​ I continue along the trail refreshed from the fresh fruit and pleased with my new ability to cook rice.  ​ 5.  I arrive at Bears Den hostel. ​ I go inside briefly just to on the Internet and send emails to my family before continuing along the trail. ​ Instead of carrying out last night’s plan I have a good look at the guide and find a little village called Bluemont a few miles further on where there is a store. ​ I go off the trail into Bluemont where I resupply. ​ A banana and a giant tomato are especially yummy. ​ The woman at The Village Market said there were no saucepans at all in her store, but she told me to hold on a moment. ​ She returned moments later from her house next door and gives me a saucepan for free!  Hurray! ​ I continue along the trail refreshed from the fresh fruit and pleased with my new ability to cook rice.  ​
  
-I meet some nice people at a shelter. ​ One has the trail-name ​Hopper.  She is distributing her husbands’ ashes along the trail as he requested. ​ Another is called Griz.  He warns me that he isn't the Griz that everyone has heard bad things about. ​ There is a girl called Olive Oil and another guy about my age who I talked to most, but I forgot his name.  I learn of a great all you can eat Chinese in Waynesboro that has a section especially for smelly hikers. ​ Waynesboro is at least 100 miles further south. ​ Hopper saw 13 bears in Shenandoah! ​ They seem unbothered by them.  There is a hikers-log here which I have taken photos of, people have written hilarious stuff. ​ I leave in an uplifted mood from the good interaction. ​ It is just as hot today as ever.  I press on but fall short of my target of reaching the creek beyond the next shelter. ​ I don't even reach the shelter, due to spotting little bits of mud in my water which makes me decide to refill from a stream which is also had bits in it so I have to boil the water.  ​+I meet some nice people at a shelter. ​ One has the trail-name ​Twirl.  She is distributing her husbands’ ashes along the trail as he requested. ​ Another is called Griz.  He warns me that he isn't the Griz that everyone has heard bad things about. ​ There is a girl called Olive Oil and another guy about my age who I talked to most, but I forgot his name and a girl name Hopper.  I learn of a great all you can eat Chinese in Waynesboro that has a section especially for smelly hikers. ​ Waynesboro is at least 100 miles further south. ​ Hopper saw 13 bears in Shenandoah! ​ They seem unbothered by them.  There is a hikers-log here which I have taken photos of, people have written hilarious stuff. ​ I leave in an uplifted mood from the good interaction. ​ It is just as hot today as ever.  I press on but fall short of my target of reaching the creek beyond the next shelter. ​ I don't even reach the shelter, due to spotting little bits of mud in my water which makes me decide to refill from a stream which is also had bits in it so I have to boil the water.  ​
  
 As the evening arrives I find a spring and single campsite with fireplace. ​ I sit down and rest and think about the order I'm going to do things. ​ But this spring'​s water is muddy too and it’s too shallow. ​ Every bottle ends up with tiny water boatmen going around inside of it.  I think and decide to stay with my dwindling 500ml. ​ It is only a mile and a half to the shelter tomorrow for more water and if I have to drink it tonight due to the heat I can boil some water boatmen... I hope I don’t have to.  There is now 200ml left.  I can't drink anymore until I set off tomorrow unless I want to boil up water boatmen water. ​ Its 7.30pm. ​ I hope to sleep for 8+ hours. ​ I look forward to making it to a resupply tomorrow for fresh fruit, and then the next day I should make it to Front Royal, where there is a Burger King.  Drool. ​ One of my tent pegs snapped today... I was hardly even pushing on it.  Perhaps the heat makes it softer. ​ Argh.  It doesn’t matter much but if another one snaps I'll be down to the minimum required for my tent to work.  Goodnight. As the evening arrives I find a spring and single campsite with fireplace. ​ I sit down and rest and think about the order I'm going to do things. ​ But this spring'​s water is muddy too and it’s too shallow. ​ Every bottle ends up with tiny water boatmen going around inside of it.  I think and decide to stay with my dwindling 500ml. ​ It is only a mile and a half to the shelter tomorrow for more water and if I have to drink it tonight due to the heat I can boil some water boatmen... I hope I don’t have to.  There is now 200ml left.  I can't drink anymore until I set off tomorrow unless I want to boil up water boatmen water. ​ Its 7.30pm. ​ I hope to sleep for 8+ hours. ​ I look forward to making it to a resupply tomorrow for fresh fruit, and then the next day I should make it to Front Royal, where there is a Burger King.  Drool. ​ One of my tent pegs snapped today... I was hardly even pushing on it.  Perhaps the heat makes it softer. ​ Argh.  It doesn’t matter much but if another one snaps I'll be down to the minimum required for my tent to work.  Goodnight.

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