1200 MILES!

Saturday 12, 2017

Manassas Gap Shelter 16.1 miles

Total mileage 1209.4

WOW! Did it rain last night for hours and hours. I was hoping it would quit so I could cook dinner, but it never stopped! I ate a couple of bars then ran out of my tent in my underwear and rain coat to pee and hang my bear bag. I was the only one in the campsite.

I woke up to a muddy tent. I wiped it down and tried to dry it off the best I could since I would have to carry all that mud and water. I was out of camp at 6:40 with enough light to see without having to use my light.

I finished up the rollercoaster with two climbs this morning. It was super humid and warm. I was soon a very sweaty mess. I was feeling pretty good this morning, but towards the end of the day I was ready to be done. I saw two more deer today. One just watched me walk by, ten yards from the trail.

I was thinking about the time remaining before I have to go back to work and I would really have to push it to complete it. And I was ready to give it a shot, but this afternoon when I was ready to be off my feet I was thinking that I would just go as far as I could get then do the rest next year before my 365 days are up. That way I could still call it a thru hike. Or maybe I could get a little more time off from work. I will see how it goes, but I don’t think I want to kill myself with big miles. Cuz, this old girl is… well Old! 😜

My shelter buddy.

It was supposed to rain tonight so I am sleeping in a shelter, but it doesn’t look like it is going to rain. Bummer I could be sleeping in my tent. I love being in my tent and sleeping bag. Shelters are dirty and usually rodent infested.

7 thoughts on “1200 MILES!

  1. That is an incredible picture of the butterfly. I loved my tent, too. πŸ™‚

    I agree with you…killing yourself and doing big miles in order to complete the hike by a certain timetable would be torture. It’s supposed to be enjoyable. When it turns into a race (unless you are someone who enjoys races) it is no longer fun. Knowing the clock is ticking makes for a lot of stress. It also leads to pushing yourself when you know your body is rebelling or needs rest. (This is all just my point of view)…but we both understand what ‘pushing’ when we need to rest and being under incredible stress does to a person who has an auto-immune disease.

    I support you no matter what you decide to do and I will be cheering you on! What you have done so far is incredible!

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    1. Kara,
      I love your support and can’t thank you enough.
      I am going to try to push a little more now that the terrian is easier and see how it goes.
      I will be adding in some slackpacking to give me body a rest from carrying my pack.

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      1. I also very much appreciated your support when I was on my hike. I understand how it is. I know you are in tune with your body and know what it needs and how to take care of it. It sounds like you have a good plan in mind. I’ve been very impressed with how well you’ve done so far, and I know you’ll do well with the rest of it. Happy Hiking, friend!

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  2. Thinking of you every day! I really miss being with you on the trail and as I read your blog, I can imagine setting up my tent near yours and packing up in the morning to the muffled sounds of packing coming from your tent. May the rest of your hike be FUN for you as well as injury-free!

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      1. I know you have the strength and capacity to do this, though. You keep your eyes on the goal and don’t let anything get in the way. If I could be in two places at once, I would be with you right now! I am happy with my own decision to stop after a 2-year completion, but I never had a friend who rose early like me and went the same kind of distance most days, and I will always treasure the time I had with you as a hiking partner! β€οΈπŸŒΌπŸ¦‹

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