Friday September 29, 2017
Siler’s Bald Shelter 12.1
Total mileage 1995.1
I had to say goodbye to Jim again. I hate having to do that. I wish I could just take him with me. But I know he would be miserable. I am pretty humbled by all his love and support of me during my adventure. I feel very fortunate to have him in my life. Thank you again, Babydoll.
I’m really kinda bored with hiking. It’s too much like work now-very hard work, where you are always breathing hard through your mouth. I feel like I spend most of the day breathing like that.
And after having a taste of Jim’s cooking again I’m sick of trail food. Although I have been doing much better with eating lately. He made me a couple of smoothies while he was here and man they were fantastic.
I’m also sick of typing out my days activities and thoughts on a cell phone. I’m ready to be done with this trail. I am counting down the miles and days. I now have less than 200 miles to go and 12 days of hiking until summiting Springer Mountain. I hope my feet last that long.
I ate lunch in a light rain today at Clingman’s Dome. It was cold and wet. The temperature was in the 50’s and the view was a total white out.
I didn’t really feel like taking pictures today. It has become a hassle to take my hands out of the straps on my trekking poles, get my phone out of its pocket, turn it on, engage the camera and snap a shot.
Today I am greatful that I can voice all my complaints on here but truly I am very lucky to be here and have all the support that I have had.