My town stays are just not long enough to get everything done when I don’t take a zero. I’m just here overnight this time.
I hiked 7 miles into town and arrived midday. By the time I got a shuttle to the place I am staying, it was around noon. There was no electricity because a bad storm came through. I was out in it! It was the worst storm I’ve been outside in this hike!
They didn’t get the electricity on (town-wide) until around 1:00 or so.
Since my last blog post, the weather has been quite nice, with somewhat warmer nights and much warmer days, to the point that I have been hiking in a t-shirt and skirt without having to wear leggings.
On Easter Sunday, it was as if spring had just popped! I saw quite a few wildflowers. I think it was because I was at a lower altitude.
I had a long, hard descent into the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Most non-hikers don’t realize that hiking downhill is painful! It was absolutely gorgeous, though!
I remember thinking that it was treacherous, and that a person could easily fall off. It was like I was walking on a mountain peak with very sharp inclines on both sides.
I later learned that Special Ed fell there! He said he lost his footing-maybe put his trekking pole on loose ground or something. He said he fell about 12-15 feet down and had a hard time getting back up! He called 911 and a firefighter came and carried his pack down. He went to Minor Emergency Clinic and they said he had swelling in his lower back. He got a steroid shot and pain medication, was off the trail a couple of days. He is back on the trail! Amazing that he was not hurt worse.
I didn’t stay at the NOC, but I picked up a mail drop there. The climb out of the NOC was horrendous! It was a 7 mile ascent to the top of the mountain. The next day was just as bad. The angle was so sharp that I was climbing on my toes at times! My calves were burning so badly. I had to stop frequently to rest on both days. I’m just not in as good of shape as I was on my last attempt.
Last night was the storm. It was pretty scary with just a piece of silnylon between me and all of that wind, rain, thunder and lightning! Boy, was I glad I was coming into town. Not only was my tent sopping, but my skirt was wet, and my sleeping quilt was damp. Much of my stuff was muddy. A wet tent and gear make for a heavy backpack!
Also, it’s difficult to go more than 3 days without a shower. Most hikers wear the same clothes every day. They also carry some warmer clothes, maybe a change of underwear and something to sleep in. I pretty much smell like a bag lady when I first come into town. You have no idea how good a shower feels after doing that much physical exertion in the same clothes for 3-5 days!
I don’t have time to do a whiz bang blog post this time, but I did want to check in to let you all know that I’m still alive and still hiking! Also, my patch on my sleeping pad seems to be holding.
Y’all are awesome! Thanks for reading and for all of the nice and supportive comments!
Until next time!