From Winding Stair Gap

14 May 2017

Winding Stair Gap to Cold Spring Shelter

AT – 125.3
Day – 15.8
Time – 9.5hr with 1hr break at Wayah Bald
Speed – 1.66mph

Tough tough day.  I thought after my 5 day break with a trip to Missouri and Nebraska I’d be rejuvenated.  I was WRONG on all levels.

The day started off cool and beautiful.  I felt good for the first few miles…then the feet began to ache.  It feels like my arches are falling OR I’ve bruised the ankle from so much walking, turning and twisting.  All I know us my dawgs are howlin’ (KJ that’s your terminology)…but the pain is real.

After my long long drives over the last 5 days, I think I’m extremely tired.  Not much sleep…it doesn’t do the body any good.

So what was I thinking to do this crazy mileage  today?  Well, I was hoping to make it from Winding Stair Gap to the NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) in 2 days vs the originally planned 3 days.

BTW: I’m still carrying TOO MUCH FOOD!

Today, I met some fulltime RVers thru hiking the trail.  Roger & Gail (AKA Rock & Rockette) started their hike up north to miss the bubble.  They already have 700+ miles under their belt and they look strong.  In particular, these “older than me” hikers were marching off without me.

So….now it’s 7:30pm and I’m going to bed.  I hope I get some rest.   My camping spot is overlooking the valley below.  Sunrise should be gorgeous.

BTW:  at mile 120.2 two trails separated.  The Bartram Trail and the AT had been running together.  However, I missed the AT sign.  I quickly noticed my error and backtracked to get back on the AT.

Good night

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