Deesha’s Bunion

When I decided to hike the AT, I thought it would be freeing to opt out of societal beauty standards for a bit. Maybe at some point it will be, but a month in, it’s still jarring. I haven’t had a mustache like this since the 7th grade. I do a double take every time I see myself in a mirror. It’s funny because this is the fittest I’ve ever been and also the worst I’ve ever looked. I no longer believe in the concept of getting snatched.

Anyhoo, here’s our regularly scheduled programming:

Sunday 4/16

Walked uphill all day. 6 miles!

Monday 4/17

We’re trying to catch up to the rest of the tramily, who are a day ahead of us. And now my feet hurt.

Tuesday 4/18

I had a great day at Fontana Dam. I thought it was a town because everyone kept talking about the marina and general store. Nope! It’s all part of a resort. We met back up with the rest of the tramily + a lot of other friends I’ve made on the way. It’s fun running into people you haven’t seen in a while. There’s usually cheering involved.

Ate a great brisket sandwich.

Sara Kaki sent me some snacks (thank you!) that I hiked a mile holding in my arms because I didn’t have space in my pack. I looked very silly.

We stayed at the Fontana Hilton, which is a shelter overlooking the lake with showers and charging stations. We jumped into the lake. It was so cold. That night by the fire there was a thru-hiker talent show. Real summer camp energy – lots of call and response. We did some kind of enchantment song to ward off rain in the Smokys? We’ll see about that.

Wednesday 4/19

Today was a tough day at first because of my left knee. I pulled an upper-calf muscle and it was really bothering me. I was truly worried about an injury derailing me because at this point I’m all in. In Georgia, when people asked me if I’m going all the way to Maine, I would say “that’s the plan!” Now I just say “yeah.” I don’t want to get hurt. I borrowed a knee brace from a friend and felt better in the afternoon.

Thursday 4/20

It’s so pretty here! I took a two hour long nap in a field.

Friday 4/21

I hit 200 miles today! The 200 mile marker is at Clingman’s Dome, which is a popular tourist destination. A child walking by gave me a long stare, I assume because I smelled like a farm animal.

Saturday & Sunday 4/22-23

We’re zero-ing in Gatlinburg. Thank God. We haven’t zero-ed since Hiawassee. It’s cool to drive down the mountains into town because it gives a lot of perspective to how high we hike. I got a mimosa, did laundry and showered, and laughed a lot. Honestly I don’t remember about what.

The next day, I got 5 Guys and we went moonshine tasting. Then we played poker in the motel room with Monopoly money. ‘Twas nice.

Monday 4/24

We finally used the disc golf frisbee! I was originally going to dump it at the next hiker box but it’s too fun. Maybe I’ll carry it to Katahdin.

Tuesday & Wednesday 4/25-4/26

It rained. The song didn’t work! We had some pretty awesome views, though. Here’s a pic of Charlie’s Bunion, the inspo for this blog’s title.

Thursday 4/27

We hiked out of the Smokys to Standing Bear. This place has such good vibes. I did a couple chores to shave money off my tab.

See you next time!

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Comments 2

  • Charlotte : May 1st

    I love your posts! As someone who is taking on the AT either beginning 4/24 and made peace luh2025 for my 70th birthday, I am so inspired by you and all the younger people, men and women. At the same time, I am now old enough to forget my ego…I made jokes about my legs are now hairless, but now I have to shave my face??? please take advice from a 68 year old who used to wear size 6, trained for the Chicago triathlon in 2012…etc embrace this journey. On the trail you are you and everyone accepts you, give yourself permission to accept and celebrate how awesome you are! You’re on the AT!!! Peace and love ❤️


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