that the most effective way of moving was to hike the RR tracks. I stuck to night movement, and stayed in the woods all day. I found that a watch was far more important than one would think for such an endeavor. RR ties are DELIBERATELY spaced "wrong" for you to walk upon. Either your heel or the ball of your foot WILL go off of the ties, about every other step. 15 miles of such hiking just KILLS your ankles, even if you are routinely walking 25+ miles a day, on "flat track". So there's a big tendency to quit,convincing yourself that it's "nearly dawn", when it's actually only 1-2pm. It gets dark at 6 PM,winters, so,while it's true that you've been walking for 7-8 hours, you COULD rest .5-1.0 hour, and still have 3+hours of walking, cover another 6 miles or more. The watch will tell you that.