Uncle Johnny’s Erwin TN
29 May 2017
AT – 342.7 miles
Today – 6.2 miles
Time – 2.5 hrs
Speed – 2.48 mph
After losing my cookies all night and this morning, I didn’t get a very restful night. Note: the Backcountry Pantry Red Beans and Rice meal can do a number on your digestive system.
So the Nero today into Erwin TN was slow. But now I am here in town and relaxing and resting my feet and legs. I’ve arrived at Uncle Johnny’s hostel. From the people here, it looks like this place could be a black hole for hikers. I just hope I don’t get caught in the vortex.
To be honest, the hike down to Erwin TN was an argument with myself. It’s probably the first time I started to rationalize the WHY AM I DOING THIS! Today, I struggling to find purpose in the up and down hiking.
When it comes down to it, I’m not really sure aboit my Why I Here!
Today is the first time I really began to wonder why! I guess I’m doing this to say I did it. As I mentioned previously, I’m not a backcountry hiker…well now I guess I am after 342 miles.
Also, the increase in mileage of late is because of these 3 — Blitz, Chipotle and Yogi Bear. I can’t keep doing these 20 mile days. So after Erwin, I’ll be reducing my mileage to save the feet and legs.
Right now, I’m dealing with some feet and leg pain. We’ll have to see if it resolves itself or if more investigation is needed. The biggest concern is the right food going numb all along the bottom outside. With the big miles, I guess it’s understandable to start having issues.
As I mentioned to a griend recently, this hike is my Wilderness Wandering. Just like the Israelites, I’m wandering in the wilderness BUT I won’t be out here for 40 years.
As I wait for the shuttle to the buffet pizza place for lunch, I’m just resting my legs.
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I’m not really sure why anyone would/did but you are/will. Everyone has an off day get Up&Ready and make tracks #hikerboy!
Please note the correlation between hiking too many miles and wondering what am I doing out here. Slowing down will bring back the fun in hiking. There are so many nice people to meet, letting new friends fall behind or surge ahead is all relative. Another friend is often just around the bend.
The numbness in the feet is normal and it will last a few months after you finish your thru hike or at least mine did. Your journey is a matter of mental attitude, the physical takes care of itself. Look at adjusting your mental attitude. Be flexible, enjoy the hard parts. Yes there were days I was near tears but I never thought about quitting. Look for the little things that bring you joy for there are plenty out there. Best wishes for a successful journey. “Mamaw B” 2012 AT Thru hiker at age 71. YOU CAN DO IT!!
If you’re still wondering why you’re out there, I think it’s because you’ve forgotten what it’s like to be in the real world. Stay out there as long as you can. Real life ain’t going anywhere.