Day 2 Springer Mt to Gooch Mt

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.

4 thoughts on “Day 2 Springer Mt to Gooch Mt

  1. I have complete confidence that you can do this. I just hope the future shelters/hostels can accommodate you so you don’t have to sleep in a tent when the weather’s been so bad. Maria is going to let me know when I can send you a package (it’s all ready to go) and where. We are trying to figure out when you will get to areas that will hold it for you. Good night J hope you get some rest. We miss you

    1. I’m actually trying to avoid the shelters now. The shelters are cramped, have more mice, more chance of getting sick and also a much better chance of having to deal with snoring.

  2. HONY brought me here…it’s the only thing worth a damn on Facebook.

    I’ve been waiting for your AT blog and I am excited to follow along. My husband and I watched the national geographic video on the AT last night and it was crazy outdated but still worth the watch. I admire your courage to just say fuck it and go for it. We can sorta relate as my husband is quitting his extremely secure day job (in Mississippi) and we’re moving to New Hampshire to be closer to family this September. It’s not quite the same as the van nomads but we’re excited about the big changes ahead of us, made even bigger by our two awesome and adventurous kids (1 and 3 yrs). We hope to introduce them to the AT in the fall.

    Anyway, you sounded down so this is just a little note to say we’re all rooting for you. Well, at least, the four of us here in Mississippi are 🙂

    Here are some wishes for dry weather and a little trail magic tomorrow.

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