Saturday April 28, 2018
Today I hiked 10.6 miles northbound from Woody Gap up and over Blood Mountain to Neel Gap.
I hiked with GRAM CRACKER and SO-NO today. I met GRAM CRACKER on Wednesday at a road crossing when I was out on my overnighter. I stopped and talked to her for a while. She thru hiked in 2010. Then I saw her again at Mountain Crossings Outfitters on Thursday while I was shopping. This morning we just happened to be at the same trailhead, at the same time, heading in the same direction. So we headed out together with SO-NO and hiked all the way to Blood Mountain together. As we were hiking she told me she planned to hike the Colorado Trail starting July 1 this year. SOULFLOWER was going to hike the first half of the trail starting on June 24 and I was considering hiking with her provided I could get the time off of work. So GRAM CRACKER and I exchanged numbers so we could keep in touch.
It was another beautiful day on the trail and I was blessed to be out here. Once I got to Blood Mountain the trail was really crowded. Since Blood Mountain is only 2.4 miles from a trail head it is a popular destination for day hikers. It was good to see so many people out enjoying the trail and beautiful views.
At the top of Blood Mountain I said goodbye to GRAM CRACKER and SO-NO and headed down with SHARKY. He is yo-yoing (doing the trail one direction then turning around and doing it again). If he complets it it will be his 4th and 5th thru hike of the AT. He had some very interesting stories to tell. Hiking just gets into your blood and you just keep coming back to the trail.
Unfortunately this is it for me on this trip. I will be heading home tomorrow. I did managed to hike over 60 miles. I just wished the weather had been better because I sat out a few days to avoid the rain. Of course I could have hiked in the rain, but it is no fun. Plus it was pretty chilly up here. Most mornings I was starting out in the 40’s.