April 2, 2017
I finally had a good night’s sleep. I woke up between 6:30 & 7:00 and started packing up. I thought Alex and/or Snowbird might hike with me but both were still sleeping when I left. Terry was already gone and Dustbuster was packing up as I said goodbye. I ended up leapfrogging with her all day.
I felt pretty good today. My knee was fine. My hips were fine. My feet are fine. Finefinefine! Why am I so fine? Maybe I was just born to hike. Or maybe the pain is coming….
Oh well! Nothing to do but keep on walking. And what a walk! The trail went up, and up, and up, and when I reached the top… Down, down, down! This was the hilliest part of Georgia and I ran out of water 15 minutes before hitting a shelter for lunch. Too close for my liking!
(Oh! My poor little charge pack with a solar panel decided to break free from it’s clip and cartwheel about 60 feet down an incredibly steep embankment. I basically just slid down to it but getting up was much tougher. Sad to say that I won’t be able to charge my phone much until I can get that fixed. I really need it hanging on my pack.)
I chatted with Dustbuster again and a couple of guys who were staying at the shelter tonight. After lunch, I was pleased to find a few miles of smooth hiking. I had 8 miles to go and was expecting to get to Blue Mountain Shelter in 4 hours, around 6:00. Well, the hours flew by uneventfully other than a quail-spotting. I was amazed to find that I reached the shelter by 5:20! 17.7 miles.
Dinner, blogging, and planning tomorrow out. It’s gonna rain tomorrow and I’m planning on hiking through it. I’ll go 15.5 miles to Deep Gap shelter and have 4 miles for Tuesday when I’ll go in town. Unless, I hike 19 miles tomorrow and stay at the Top of Georgia Hostel. We shall see!