Mile 342.2 – Mile 420.1
Today I was on the verge on tears all day. My body felt exhausted and it was really difficult to even go the 12 miles that I did.I ran into Teddy Rose about 2 hours in to my hike. I’m really glad I did. She’s nursing a bad ankle so we slowly hiked and chatted all day until we got to a campsite at mile 354.4. I’m just really glad I ran into her today. I definitely needed a distraction.
My body is definitely burning calories. I’m almost always hungry.
Today I summited Unaka Mountain. It was really beautiful. There was moss everywhere and spruce trees for about a mile or two.
My body still felt a bit exhausted all day. I think that could be part of the reason why I rolled my ankle so badly this morning. It seems to be okay. It just hurt a lot when it happened.
The days are getting hotter. I’ve been sweating more and drinking more.
I made it to Clyde Smith Shelter tonight. Little Dipper and Teddy Rose are here too. We hung out together while I cooked dinner. I set up my tent next to the shelter and they’re both inside.
I packed my tent up in the rain this morning. But once I started walking, the rain cleared and just a thick fog filled the air.
I heard thunder almost all day. With about 4 miles left to the shelter, the thunderstorm finally hit us. The trail became a slop fest. I successfully slipped and fell twice.
The shelter I’m staying in tonight is a converted barn. It’s huge. I actually set up my wet tent inside.
Something I was thinking about while walking today and wanted to share – I had a conversation a few days ago about body image and self confidence. In my everyday life I constantly compare my body and self image to others around me. I think most women do this. Or maybe just a lot of women do this. I think – I’d look so much better if I had less belly fat or maybe if my thighs weren’t so flabby or wow, she’s so fit, I just need to eat only vegetables and I’d be happier. I also constantly look at other women and try to guess their pant size and then wonder if their body is bigger or smaller than mine.
Pretty messed up, right?
I realized the other day, I don’t do that as often out here if even at all. I actually feel relatively confident out here and honestly, I feel pretty. I mean, it does sound silly. I don’t shower for at least 5 days and I wear the same thing everyday. But it’s true. I feel good about myself and don’t feel judged or self conscious about my imperfections.
I finally am out of North Carolina. 2 states down!
I hiked 10 miles into the village of Roan Mountain. Tonight I’m staying at Doe River Hiker Rest. The house is completely full of hikers. There are 3 dogs, chickens, and goats.
My day started out great. Dave, the owner of Hiker Rest, let me follow him into the barn and help feed the chickens and goats this morning. Those goats of his are so friendly.
I’m attempting to take some lower mileage days this week in order to make it into Damascus, VA for Trail Days on Thursday.
The trail today was super beautiful. I took my time enjoying the lookouts, washing my feet in the river, chatting with new faces, and setting up my tent at 4pm. I couldn’t pass up this camp spot. It’s so nice.
I wanted to thank you guys for reading these. I’m pretty self conscious of my writing style. I appreciate you all coming back and putting up with it. And also for your kind and supportive comments. Each one really makes me happy and encourages me daily. So, thanks.
End of Day 35.
This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in the articles or advertisements. The buyer pays the same price as they would otherwise, and your purchase helps to support The Trek's ongoing goal to serve you quality backpacking advice and information. Thanks for your support!
To learn more, please visit the About This Site page.