It was a beautiful, sunny day and with the special yearly feast happening at the local pub (The Pic-A-Lily), it was time again for the group to get together in order to earn our right to gorge.
The north side of the river (where the main trail between Atsion and Batsto runs) can be very busy, and today it appeared to be busier than I've seen it in a while. Because of this we decided to follow an alternate trail we have discussed in the past. We started out on the standard trail from Atsion to Batsto, but turned almost immediately to follow the abandon rail line that heads south over Mullica River. Once we had crossed the river, we turned again to follow an old road that follows the southern shore of the river. This road eventually ends up near Batsto, though we weren't going to make it that far today.
We followed the road for about 3km before we decided that it was time to turn around. We had limited our time slightly as we had arranged to meet several friends to enjoy the yearly venison dinner. Though it was a short hike this time out, it was very enjoyable, and I will likely redo this hike soon, pushing through to Batsto.