Today – (Wednesday)-15.6 miles, 46,749 steps and 310 stories climbed.
Total-24.6 miles, 72,955 steps and 630 stories climbed
Today was rough. Lots of hills and lots of mud. I ran into a guy who has already thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail twice, 2009 & 2010, and said that if conditions keep like this he might not be able to finish.
Today was also the first time I was recognized from Van Nomads. As I was walking up a hill I came across a man and a woman hiking and the man called out to me “hey van nomads!” I was rather shocked since it hadn’t happened before, even right after the HONY picture. He recognized me from our Instagram account.
As for the trail, the weather today started out much like yesterday, foggy and damp but then later on the sun came out and it warmed up to the 60’s. There were a number of streams which brings me to my big bonehead move. As I was filling my water bladder from the stream and I go to use my Steripen to sterilize it, I realize that my dumbass forgot to pack batteries for it! Luckily, I had packed some Aquamira as a backup, so chlorinated water for me until I get to town to get some batteries but hey, that’s better than being dehydrated.
There is no room left at the shelter, so I set up my tent. It’s supposed to rain later and snow tomorrow.
My body is sore, and we’ll see how my feet do tomorrow. The fog made everything damp, and hiking with wet socks is never a good idea. I am exhausted! Good night everyone and thank you for your kind words.