Smokies don’t want me to go!
23 May 2017
AT – 240.3 miles
Today’s – 18.4 mikes (+3.6 miles for gear)
Time – 9.5 hrs
Speed – 1.93 mph (2.31 mph)
The GSMNP trails have been awesome. I’ve had my biggest mileage in them there hills. And today was NO different.
Today’s plan was..18.4 miles! It would have been my second biggest miles. That was all good and well until…
I decided to forget a piece of gear at the Crosby Knob Shelter during a morning break. Worst thing was, we had hiked 1.8 miles before I realized it was missing.
Some will wonder what I would hike an EXTRA 3.6 miles for. Rock&Rockette thought it must be my water filter. BUT, it wasn’t that critical. In fact, it was my $50 4.5oz SnowPeak umbrella. Yes, I ran 1.8 miles uphill and down hill to retrieve this and 1.8 miles back to my pack. At least Joiner was willing to stay with my pack whike I made the run. BIG KUDOs to my hiking buddy. I’ll miss hiking with him after his LASH is complete in Hot Springs. Dude, it’s been ALL JOY for me hiking with you.
Like I’m not getting enough exercise out here hiking with nature. So let’s just add a 5K run in between two big hikes (7 miles and 11 miles). However, with the 3.6 additional miles TODAY becomes my longest miles to date at: 22 miles (give or take).
Also, I’ve scored big time for Hot Springs. Old friends from Nebraska now live close by the AT and they are willing to take me in for a night. I’m so excited to see these great people! I did have to warn them to bring something to protect the car seats and that I WILL BE aromatic!
Can you believe they’re still willing to pick me up and let me sleep in their house? I guess after they pick me up, I may get asked to put my tent up in the yard. LOL.
Really, I’m feeling BLESSED that Bob & Toni Williams are showing me their LOVE!
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Oh, grief. I guess be thankful you weren’t even father down the trail before you remembered?!?! Hike on!