Tuesday May 16, 3017
Gren Anderson Shelter 17.9
Total mileage 301.8
Yesterday I woke up with a mild sore throat. I didn’t feel bad so I set out for my 18 mile day.
I struggled all day today. It was not a good day for me on the trail. I came to a road crossing early in the morning and couldn’t find where the trail picked back up on the other side. I was looking for a blaze in the trees but couldn’t see any. It was actually marked on the opposite side of the road. 😕
Then my next blunder was missing a left turn blaze. And after wondering around trying to figure out where the trail goes I end up heading south on the AT instead of North! As I am heading south a see a women at her campsite that I didn’t see when I was heading north. So I say good morning and move on. Then I come to a pond that I know I recently passed and realized I’m headed in the wrong direction! So I turn around again and head in the right direction. I pass the woman at her campsite again and as I pass she asks if I’m lost. I tell her about my blunder and move on. As I’m headed back up the trail I see the blaze that I missed. The left turn takes me up and over a rock wall!
Then later that afternoon I’m just dragging, totally zapped by the heat and miles. I can’t wait to get to the shelter to get off my feet. Once again I find myself heading south on the AT!?!? I passed the shelter! Totally missed the sign for it. I have to back track 2 tenths of a mile!
I was hoping to get to bed early but it just didn’t work out. Things have been harded out here then back home. I think I still haven’t found a daily/nightly routine. I’m hoping I find it soon and can start getting to bed earlier.