Only 8 days left!

Tuesday October 3, 2017

Nantahala Outdoor Center, NC 13.5 miles

Total mileage 2052.8

I ate at a local diner for dinner last night. The food was OK by hiker standards. It fills the belly with the much needed calories. I started the morning off with a breakfast sandwich from a different diner. It was really good and held me for pretty long.

Most of the trail I am finishing up with I have already done before. Some if it I remember some of it I don’t. I am also doing it southbound where last time I did it northbound so it does look different.

The weather has been unbelievable for hiking. The days are gorgeous and the trail has been beautiful. I maybe singing a different tune tomorrow. I have a huge climb out of the NOC in the morning as well as some other bigger climbs later in the day. Hopefully it will go better than I think it will.

Jim and I stayed here a couple of years ago. We were the only 2 in a bunkroom for four. This time HOOTIE and I are in a bunkroom for 2 and it is tiny. I took the top bunk (which I never do) because HOOTIE paid for the room and I made him ride in the back of the truck on our last shuttle from Fontana on a freezing cold morning. So I figured he deserved the better end of this deal.

Today I am thankful for cell phone service. I got to talk to Jim today. A lot of the areas I have been in are pretty remote and even though I am in a town sometimes I still don’t have service.

11 thoughts on “Only 8 days left!

      1. I’m not a good commentator, but I’ve tried to comment something most every post to let you know that I appreciate your taking the time to blog and share your journey. Maybe I should stick to being a common tater, rather than a commentator. I’m running out of things to say, and I feel like I’m saying the same things over and over. Just KNOW, that I am rooting for you and will be here for the next 8 days, cheering you on…and I will be reading after that if you feel moved to blog to process everything once you get home. I’m so proud of you for sticking it out to the end!

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      2. Thanks Kara, I have enjoyed the comments and your support. I owe you a lot. You are the one who has kept me out here to finish what I set out to do. You have done this so you know what it is like. You know how hard it is! You can relate when others can’t. I can’t thank you enough.


      3. You are one very strong and courageous lady. I have a feeling you would have stayed on the trail whether I said anything or not…but I’m so grateful if anything I said helped in any way.

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  1. You go girl! What am I going to do every morning when I don’t have your adventures to read about ? You’re one amazing lady to complete this epic trek. Stand strong!! Xoxo

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    1. I agree with your Aunt Julie. What great adventure will I get to follow when you have your triumphant finish? I have loved reading every entry, although it has made me sad when you have felt bad.

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