I’ve had some good days and some bad days since my last blog post. I would love to share it with you, but I have just a quick overnight here. My experience with the WiFi here tells me that I won’t be able to upload pictures, either.
After hiking 11 miles in the rain today, my time has been spent washing clothes, taking a shower, trying to wash gear and dry it out, eating at the restaurant, organizing my mail drop items and putting it away, and trying to figure out my itinerary for the next section. It’s already almost 7:00 p.m., and with this one blog post, I’ve probably had to delete as much as I’ve typed due to the stupid autocorrect!
I am feeling tired, discouraged, lonely and overwhelmed with the vastness of Virginia ahead of me. Shelter spacing is not conducive to doing the amount of miles I need to do, and feeling like I am, I don’ t want to camp alone at a stealth site. At least at the shelters, I can eat my dinner there and make polite chitchat. That sure beats eating as fast as I can and getting into my tent at a stealth site before someone detects that I am a woman alone!
I’m going to have to do some big miles and I’m already dreading it. Add to that, there is rain in the forecast for several days ahead. My rain gear doesn’t keep me dry. Everything was soggy and muddy when I got here after hiking from 7-noon in the rain. (I had to poop twice in the woods in the rain, and I was running dangerously low on TP. NOT FUN! I get so frustrated with the freaking frequency of my ‘constitution’ out here!)
Thank God I was able to get a room and get out of the rain and dry things out, but when it rains for days on end and you can’t dry things out it’s ‘no bueno’.
I feel like some kind of a freak out here. I’m just too tired to socialize after hiking all day. All I want to do when I finish for the day is get off my feet! When I wake up, I just feel like I need to get on with it. I’m lonely, but at the same time, I haven’t met anyone I think I am compatible enough with that ‘hiking together’ would work. Most people who want to pair up have already done so. Besides…who wants to hike with a pooping machine!?
I’m not having a good day. Sorry that there are no flowers and rainbows today.