Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I needed a hair cut so I was told about a lady that I am guessing is about 80 yrs old. There were not any mirrors in the room and while she was cutting my hair she was telling me about the eye surgeries she has had. Then she tells me not to worry about the places she scaped because it will grow back. When I got back to the hostile I had to put on my cap. Nice lady and she only charges $3 but my hair is pretty butchered. Oh well I still enjoyed our conversation.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I did 12.9 miles and made it to Cosby Knob by about 4:30 which isn't bad considering I took thirty mins for lunch. I am having some issues with my stove. I think the canister may have gotten moisture in it somehow. I had plenty of cold food to eat, but I am looking forward to pizza tomorrow.
The same crew I stayed with last night is here with the exception of glowworm. We also picked up a new guy named blue. Jenn arrived really chilled and may be getting sick. She is pretty tough so I think she wil be ok
met about a week ago also showed up as well as glowworm, an ex-navy nuc sub guy.
After the late start I pushed my pace to get in some miles. It was hard getting out of the parking lot at Newfound Gap because everyone had so many questions.
As far as views, this was probably the best day on the trail. Some of the ridges were only 15-20 ft wide so you had 360 degree views. This picture was taken at Charlie's Bunion.
Monday, March 23, 2009
I finally saw a few deer yestersay on my way to Clingmans Dome, the highest mtn on the App Trail. I also had another first today when I tried washing my clothes in the sink. I think it went well though. The view from CD was nice but it was very windy. There was also alot of ice on the trail. Well I am off to run a few errands.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
We also have a few spring breakers from Indiana we have metup with. Irish who hiked 400-500 miles a couple of summers ago had to leave for one week so he decided to come back this year to hike the section he missed a few summers ago. His sister Brandy, gf Rachel, and a friend Willie (his nickname) are hiking with him. Rach hurt her knee yesterday so she is hanging out at the village today as well.
I am hiking with Always Fine and Jonathan again. We all metup yesterday which was a pleasant surprise. They are going to start their hike through the smokies tomorrow as well.
Well I am caught up on laundry and have been to the post office. Thanks mom for sending my resupply and thanks to Beth for sending me a cap from Rarity Communities. I will do a seperate post about it very soon. Now I am going to get in the sauna, shower, shave, and watch basketball.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
This tree is often photographed at bly gap, the crossing over point into N.C.
I stopped by the library and noticed several of my blogs did not post via my cell phone. I resent them but now they are a bit out of order. Well I need to head to the grocery store so I will post more soon.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Dad or Turtle has his trail legs now and is doing an. amazing job. Grandpa Hugh and his son Jeremiah are nearby and we probably continue to hike with them some the next couple of days.
I did hear my first Eastern Towhee of the year and heard several grouse and pileated woodpeckers.
This has been the first evening that it has been warm enough to sit around a campfire and talk. The views were amazing all day today. Tomorrow we will be going about ten miles to Blue Mtn Shelter.
They treated us fantastic at the hostile and Pirate, whom has hiked the AT 21 times, will make sure you are well fed and entertained.
Updated - I was having trouble posting via my cell at this point and some of the blogs in this area are out of order.
For breakfast honey buns have worked great. I like to hike a couple of miles to get warmed up and then have a honey bun with Gatorade or hot choc. For lunch I have cheese and crackers, fig newtons, trail mix, etc. I am going to start packing bagel and peanut butter for lunches. I am a firm believer in some kind of recovery food within thirty mins of the end of your hike. Those of you that know me know I swear by choc milk. I often make some kind of choc cereal with powdered milk. I use the milk left over for hot choc. I usually have some form of pasta later as well. I pour the water from the pasta into bottle and add Gatorade. I often snack on trail mix or cheese and crackers later at night.
Instead of relying on bladders I use a small Gatorade bottle in pocket and large one with pack. Much easier to get to, especially when everything keeps freezing.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
elev of 3113. Our next challenge was climbing up Tray Mtn to an elevation of 4430, the second highest point in Ga on the A.T. After all this climbing we still had another 5 miles to go before reaching our destination. The sun was hot and I do have a bit of a sunburn but otherwise I feel great. I honestly was not looking forward to today but it turned out to be my best feeling day on the trail. My energy level was high and the miles flewby. Today is Jeremiahs last day as he has to get back to work. We will all miss having him around.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
UPDATED - We were part of an early group getting into Neels Gap and while they were very prepared with merchandise, their grocery items were pretty slim, and expensive. After walking in the snow and ice for a few days, everyone that did not have trekking poles purchased them at Neels Gap. I met Pirate, a legend on the trail, for the first time here and would see him another five or six times in towns further north. I also meet Jonathan and Maggie, two people I would hike with later on in my journey.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
for sunset pics or I may head on into town. I will decide tomorrow.
I think I may have picked up my trail name today also....Mississippi. Well it is about my bedtime. Hope all of you are doing well.
What Iearned today..that a 2 legged tripod not good. it broke today. the good news is it is 1/3 lighter.
I knocked out the first five miles in no time but then I ran out of gas. I knew better than to try and skip lunch but I did it anyway. I also didn't carry enough water with me today.
My legs feel great as long as I eat, but my shoulders are in pain. I know how to fit my bag, but the hip straps are sliding down and I cant keep them up so to much of the weight is being supported by the shoulders. It is more than this bag was designed for.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I did learn something today... frozen toothpaste and a frooze toothbrush does an awesome job. try it
On the trail we met itrod and sleeps-alot. On the trail most people have trailnames or nicknames they go by. I am not sure how this started, but it is very common on the trail. So anyway, I was hiking to the summit of Springer with my uncle Ronnie "Sod Cutter" Downs and James "Snores Alot" Downs. We reach the summit and spend a little time talking to sleepsalot, who spends a week at a time on Springer working for the park service making sure everyone is ok and checked in. This section had ice and snow so you really had to watch your footing. There was also someone staying at the shelter that called a shuttle to take them to town to buy more winter gear. It was ten deg last night with strong wind gust.