19.7 miles, 51,702 steps, 317 stories climbed
114.8 miles, 331,529 steps, 3029 stories climbed
Today was another looooong day. The original plan was to do a little over 11 miles but I was feeling good so I kept walking on and on and on until I reached Rock Gap Creek.
The day started off pretty nice. Much like yesterday, great temperature, overcast and no rain but as soon as I decided to push on the skies opened and the rain poured down. It wasn’t long before I was soaking wet, but you can only walk forward.
The terrain got very difficult as well. At one point I just put away the hiking poles and literally started climbing boulders, soaking wet, moss covered boulders. It was a good time!
Unfortunately, the weather destroyed the view I had been looking forward to all day, a fire tower on top of a mountain but the fog made it impossible to see anything.
For the time being, it seems like our group has also broken up. Sycamore hiked on last night, I imagine he’s in Franklin already, possibly taking a zero day since he was concerned about his blisters. Not Yet and Failure, I haven’t seen since I left Standing Indian Gap this morning. We had originally planned on taking a zero on Friday and enjoying Franklin that day but now I’ll be there tomorrow and be moving on when they’ll be coming in. Hopefully, I’ll see them down the trail at some point. That’s what happens when you hike, you meet really amazing people, but then you move on.
I spent almost the whole hike today alone allowing both random thoughts and songs to roll through my head but one of my main thoughts was about how I really need to do a nice long hike with Maria. I would really love to do The Camino de Santiago again but with her this time, maybe for one of our big anniversaries. The 10th might be too soon (It’s going to be 8 years in May!) but maybe the 15th or 20th year anniversary, if she can put up with me for that long and if I can drag her away from whatever job she has at the time.
Anyway, tomorrow should be another nice short day into town. Really looking forward to it!What have you all been up to these days?