Less than 200 miles to go!

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.

5 thoughts on “Less than 200 miles to go!

  1. Thank you for typing out your journals for the rest of us to follow. I know it’s a drag. I’ve really enjoyed following your journey. After you are home for about 6 months, you will be so glad you blogged and took pictures. It will feel like a dream once you are home.

    Only 12 more days? It’s almost unbelievable that you are almost finished!

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  2. I don’t blame you for being tired of everything. Over 5 months of doing the same blasted thing, day and night! And I’m sure the scenery in the southern half looks very similar every day, with a few lovely balds and views thrown in every now and then. And even the views must have become monotonous: there you are up high, looking down at green fields or forests. Same old, same old.

    So totally amazing, though — less than 200 miles to go! My feet actually hurt in sympathy with yours, but I KNOW yours can get you to the end!

    You’re amazing.

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  3. Do not quit!! Your having a mental meltdown, That’s all. You need to reconize it for what it is and push thru. You can do this. Suck up all that beauty out there cuz your going to miss it when you get home, 12 days and your done!!


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