1800 Miles

Sunday September 17, 2017

Toll House Gap 17 miles

Total mileage 1813.1

I ate a lot yesterday. The most I’ve eaten in a while. I know I need the calories and I’m feeling better about the trail. I am ready to finish it and trying to stayed fueled up. I even had my first soda today. It was a coke and it didn’t taste as good as I thought it would.

I stayed at Doe River Hostel last night. I had a room to myself. It’s the SOBO bonus. There are very few people on the trail and in the hostels.

We have been encountering a number of trees down on the trail from Hurricane Irma. Dave, the hostel owner told us that there were sections of trail in GA that were closed because of the blowdowns. Hopefully that will be cleared up by the time we get there.

My alarm goes off at 620 this morning. I didn’t want to get up. I didn’t want to hike today. But up I go and a hiking I went.

I slackpacked again today. This is my last day and tomorrow I put on my full pack after more than a week of slackpacking. I’m not sure how I will make it through tomorrow.

HOOTIE and I hit the trail about 8am. We had some great views today and trail over large grassy bald. Most of today’s views are from Hump Mountain and Little Hump Mountain.

I had another fall today. I think I am ok. I may have a bruised hip tomorrow, but I’m not scraped up.

Today I am thankful for my health and ability to do what I doing. I’ve had to make some hard decisions among the way, but those decisions have have lead me to this path.

16 thoughts on “1800 Miles

  1. Such beautiful scenery! I’m glad you didn’t hurt yourself too bad with the fall. No falls are FUN, but I always said, “Thank you, Jesus” when I got up from my fall and I was not seriously hurt. Yay for FOOD, and lots of it! πŸ˜€ You didn’t say what you ate. I hope it was something good that you enjoyed.

    There is a parade of hurricanes out in the Atlantic right now. I’m praying they all miss the East Coast. (AND FLORIDA)

    I’m so glad things are looking better for you.

    Hike on, Friend. ❀

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      1. Most likely they will curve back out to sea and not hit land.

        I know what you mean about feeling out of touch out there. I told all my friends to MAKE SURE to call me if something major happened while I was on the trail. LOL. Once I was out there, I loved not knowing all of the crap going on in the world. Out there on the trail, those things don’t exist….and it was nice!


  2. Your public would like to see a photo or two of you in the future. πŸ™‚
    The pictures are great. I can’t wait to see those nice expansive views next year.
    Hike on, girl!

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  3. I knew you could do it. Try to stop setting your alarm and let yourself get up naturally. If you leave an hour or sim later than you wanted to, so be it. Let your body tell you what to do. You may find yourself enjoying the day more. Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your Coke. I wasn’t a soda drinker before I hit the trail. I fought it for a while. Once I found the joy of Coke, it was such a pleasure and treasure every time I found it. And guess what? I was still healthy when I finished! Keep up the good work!

    Rayanne Kelly Sent from my iPhone Please excuse typos as much of my correspondence is dictated for safety. 267-218-0782


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    1. I was the same way…NEVER drank coke at home, but oh how good that coke (or Dr. Pepper) burned down my parched, dry throat when I first came into a trail town, or happened upon a trail magic cooler on the trail…and I never had another one once I got back home.

      I agree with Cocoa Beach. As one delightful, mystical, daughter-of-a-hippie, young-whipper-snapper, thru-hiker told me at a time I really needed to hear it–“Listen to your body, sister.”

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      1. True Story! πŸ˜€ She even threw up the peace sign as she gracefully walked away. Her trail name was Jane Owl. Loved her.

        I hope you find something to smile about all day today. ❀

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  4. Good for you! I was worried that you would quit. Stay away from leaning trees, there’s areason that they are called “Widdowmakers” As always stay safe and keep on trekking

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