18.8 miles, 49,545, 471 stories climbed
59.3 miles, 172,406 steps, 1544 stories
Trail Magic Moments: 3
Today was a good day (cue Ice Cube song).
I was up early and started hiking right away. A little cold at the beginning but nothing like the other night, and it warmed up nicely and I was finally able to hike in the sun! Other than some muddy and rocky spots it was a great day for hiking.
With the lighter pack, extra rest and nice weather, I was able to push through to almost 19 miles and still be finished by 4:30. There were a couple of pretty cool stops with breathtaking views and met fascinating people, but the best stop was with Hermes.
Hermes hiked half the trail in 2013 and the other half last year. I met him today as he was relaxing in a hammock, waiting for hikers with donuts, jolly ranchers, and Dr. Peppers. It was a much welcomed pick me up for those last 2 miles of the day. Which always seem the longest, no matter how many miles you hike that day.
He told me about how one night he was hiking and it was extremely cold. When he got to the shelter he found a bunch of abandoned gear and there was a message in the trail log that read “This thru-hiker is through!” The thru-hiker had left behind an emergency blanket which saved his life that night. It’s amazing the people you meet, and the stories they carry with them.
Tomorrow will be another long day with mostly mountainous terrain but Failure, Sycamore, Not Yet, and I plan on treating ourselves in town and split a hotel room (Baaallleers!). I’m really looking forward to a shower, real food, a bed, and wifi so I can talk to my woman. This hike has been amazing so far, but it would be 10000000000000000 times better if Maria were here. Can someone please convince her to just join me?
Also, I have been reading some of your messages and I don’t get to respond because service is so spotty, I just want to thank everyone. I really appreciate the kind words.