Back at it…

11 Aug 2017

Total AT Miles: 760.3 miles

AT SoBo Mile: 306.3 miles

Today’s Miles: 8 miles

Start: Gorham NH

Stop: Imp Shelter

I got a late start today after returning the rental car. But I was happy about that because it was raining all morning.

Around 4:30am, the sky let loose and it continued ALL morning. I hadn’t seen this forecast so I was a little bummed knowing I was heading up the trail in it. However, like on que, it stopped at 7:30am just as I was headed to the car agency.

The weather was predicted to be sunny and in the 80s later in the day. However, that never materialized. It was overcast and looked like rain most of the day…so I trekked on.

I made it to Rattle River Shelter in good time. If the rest of the day was like this, it’d be awesome. However, the terrain changed and I slowed down somewhat.

Then…the pains started up. I’ve been struggling with a numbness in my feet. I thought the Zero days for my finger would help, but it’s only getting worse. After a week off my feet, today with the heavy pack my feet hurt.

Also, my knees have been painful stepping up and down. The pain is on the top part of the knee…I know it’s just from being overworked but I thought the rest would help it as well.

So it was an easy 8 miles today, but I’m beat! I was hoping to add another 5 miles. No joy…with the chance of rain this afternoon, I chose to shut it down early today.

The Imp Shelter is a nice double decker shelter and there are a few raised tent pads as well. However, the long spur trail to the shelter was no fun when you are tired. 0.2 miles doesn’t sound like much, but when you’re tired and ready to be done for the day…it’s like forever.

Tonight’s caretaker is Irene.

She’s a college student who’s from Massachusetts working out here this summer. When I arrived, she was working with her axe. However, she came over and we had a long conversation about her job and the trail. She’s studying about environmental issues so this job really fits.

Like I’ve said before, it’s the people I’ve met along my hike that have defined my adventure. Interesting people with some cool stories and lives.

It’s a little cool tonight, so I hope I stay warm in my quilt. Right now, I’ve got my long johns on with camp socks and my fleece stocking cap so I may need to break out my puffy vest and gloves if it stays this cool. The wet weather always seems to make it feel colder to me.

Then, I’ll lather up with Volteran Gel on my sore feet and legs so hopefully tomorrow is less painful.

Only thing left to do…cook dinner. Ramen noodles as usual. They warm you up.

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