Benton MacKaye Trailby cyberhiker01 on 04/10/14
Day 2: April 7- Had a torrential downpour last night that went into the morning. We managed to get packed up with everything wet while there was a lull in the storm and started hiking.Very quickly, the rain came back and stayed with us all day, as did the wind and cold. The trail was slipper, fairly well maintained, but very difficult hiking. We plodded out 13 miles today, got water at a church, and are stealth camping tonight. We ran into a guy going southbound. He us doing the south loop. He, too, commented that the trail has been brutal. I couldn't be more pleased with Tennille's Ruffwear hard shell. Everything we own is wet, but her back stayed dry! We're hoping the weather breaks tomorrow and that we make it to Iron Bridge Cafe by 2pm so we can get our resupply. Hoping to sleep well tonight. More to come.