FKT: Randy Windle - Ouachita Trail (OK, AR) - 2016-11-18

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4d 18h 55m 0s

My name is Randy Windle (Hot Springs, Arkansas).  On November 13, 2016 at 9am I set out on the Ouachita Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.  I arrived at Talimena on November 18, 2016 at 3:55am.  4 days 18 hours 55 minutes.  I ran this route solo.  I placed drop bags with food/water/etc. every 30~ miles at road intersections.  This proved to be a good plan until arriving at Foran Gap where I found that my drop bag and water had been taken.  I managed to flag down a truck driver that had a water jug and he gave me enough water to make it to a "spare" bag that I had dropped for a "just in case scenario" at the Hwy. 270 crossing 11 miles away.  I had additional aid provided by my wonderful mother and sister who assisted in bringing me additional food/water/moral support later in the excursion.  
I slept several times along the trail in short segments totaling 12 hours.