(overall trip mileage is here – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16lFn57IGeP09KnCPmpSPyt-2uYJlNwlifZUk2gV1d9k/edit?usp=sharing
Wayah Bald. There’s a road and a privy up here, and some trail angel left bananas, potato chips, and Gatorade. Woo! Came up to the summit with KC, Woodcutter & QT. Took a picture, fabulous view. Allyson is up here, Sausage got a little lost.
Damn it was cold last night, 18 this morning, hands were numb! Only about 35 now, maybe 45 in the sun.
Polish Packer, Flounder & Easy Rider just got here. Yum, Chris just openened up a sausage. Guess I’ll eat, then mosey on to the shelter, take a rest, then 2.7 to the campsite.
@Campsite – 4:30 with 1/2 hour rest at Cold Spring Shlter. 124.8 mi in 13 days.
Spring was a mud puddle, but I dug a trench so it would all drain, then spill down over a rock. Couple of college girls here, and a mother+son thruhiking team!
Should be a beautiful sunset, but the only bummer is that this whole “camping” area is sloped. But, got my laundry airing on a line between 2 trekking poles, and the bear line is up. Only need to wait a bit for the groundcloth to dry, and I’ll set up the tent, then try the spring to see if its clear. Then food. Then sleep. Yahoo!
9.3 to Wesser/NC, then 6.0 to a campsite.
All hail Ariela, goddesss of chocolate – the coffee/mocha packages she gave me are wonderful. 2 cups of hot chocolate, a bagel & a fake Lipton & I’m happy as a clam. I’m NOT happy about sleeping on a hill though. Turns out the 2 college girls are sisters, 1 in college, 1 homeschooled. Religious. From Michigan. Haha they hung their bear bag 6′ up in the crotch of a tree – mine is a slick 12′ up. They DID offer me pasta earlier, maybe there’s some desert coming? All is in readiness.
Today was a good day – I put a demand on my body, and met it. Every step, breath & heartbeat was synchronized. Today I was a hiking machine. Actually ended up with 2 hours to go, but the mileage was enough, don’t want to overdo the knee. At 9.6 mpd now. Great to be out here, in the moment for 10+ hours. Everything I do out here has a purpose, from cooking food to tying up my tent.