Well…that wasn’t planned
27 May 2017
AT – 315.8 miles
Today’s – 22.8 miles (+0.25 to hostel, +0.4 to water = total 23.45 a NEW HIGH MILEAGE)
TIME – 11.66 hrs
Speed – 1.95 mph
Well…the plan was to do an easy 14 miles and get some needed rest. But I arrived at the Flint Mountain Shelter at 1:40pm. There’s just too much daylight left to stop. Also, there’s rain precip forecasted for later today and tomorrow.
So what’s one to do? It’s 8.8 miles to the next shelter and it’s uphill all the way. Hmmmm
As I sit here contemplating the idea, Blitz mentions there’s a hostel in 3 miles. He also says they have pizza…sounds like a plan so I’m off. 14 has turned into 17.
I made it to the hostel in good time but…..there was no one manning it. The sign said “be back in an hour”, but who knows how long they’d been gone? So after looking things over at Laurel Hostel on Rector Laurel Rd (mile 310), I decided to press on.
The next “potential” spot was a campsite at mile 313.6 called Big Flat. That means my new 17 had turned into a 20.6 day. However, once I’ve come this far what’s another 2.2 miles?
So here I am at Hogback Ridge Shelter and I’m exhausted. I need an easy day bit tomorrow looks like 10 or 20!
Also, I passed 300 miles today. That’s huge in my book.
I finally have a trail name. Chipotle christened me with it after watching me be an early riser and get on trail quick. I’m now called “up & ready”.
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Boom. Congratulations on the big days. Up & Ready is a fitting trail name.
Up&Ready, I like it! Sounds like you are racking up the BIG miles. Be careful and don’t over do or you will pay later remember you are hiking your hike.