Day 8

I woke up with pains in my left knee..thats not good I thought. I got out of bed and fired up my stove and began to pack, I am still to get proficient, but after two breakfast bars I was ready to go or was I. I decided to put on my knee brace, it  mmade my knees feel a little better but  they wer still very painful  as  i limped out of camp.
Snail this does not feel good. !!!
I hobbled down the trail and began my  first few climbs I was walking like a grandpa.
I  stopped and took more ibuprofen before setting off again. Luckily the trail was smoot and down but I wasn’t really making the most of it.
Maybe I did too much yesterday and with those hills I have hurt my knees especially the left one.
I limped on and on cursing myself i was in so much pain  . I may need to get off trail  and rest I had planned on Franklin in 2 more days but it may be wise to head there sooner to rest my knee.
I had planned a  reasonable milage , but i will be lucky if i can complete  12 miles

Down the trail I limped I will take more breaks I promised myself. up ahead several hikers were standing. I wondered what they were doing  untill i saw the sign

Welcome to North Carolina.

Whoop Whoop I had competed 1 state. 18 more to go .

I moved on and welcome to North Carolina meant a bloody big mountain.
OMG  it was steep and i  struggled to climb it, as i had to  be careful of my knees as they were so tender. up and up this climb went.
It was one of those climbs  with a false summit, which  means  you cant see the top, but  once you are up  you can see  there is evemn more to climb arrhhh. And then after that there was another omg . I’m knackered. At last the trail began to level out before it was time for the decent .I walked for about another hour then took a break.
I had several hot spots so taped my toes and stuck some moleskin to the bottom of my sole , Glugged down some  water then set off, the trail had suddenlt become busy.
Bumble Bee and a host of other hikers began to pass me
I wasn’t chasing,  just plodding looking after my  painful knees. THe  trail was another rollar coaster  up and down up and down.I passed by another shelter but it was too early soon to stop. Then I met a man who gave me advice about stretching. I will  do as he advised. but at the moment I just hurt.
Considering my knees I think I was doing okay. but then the trail turned into crappy gnarly rock once again, and again I struggled to navigate over it arrrh. in some places it was small little climbs Arrrh. I was miles away when one of the British girls came by.

Much further she asked?.
I said it’s about 3 miles a lot more down , past the parking then a mile up.
I tracked her for a while as I liked her pace. but then the trail was tricky again .then her friend passed me, making me jump as she was so quite
I could now see the car park thorough the trees,  so not far to go.

A man called Creather was waiting here , he is helping his son hike and offered to take my trash.
Thank you so much i said , he also gave me half of his iced tea..yummy.
Time for the final climb which was approximatlry a mile up so about an an other hour to go, But it was hot and  so I kept stopping to drink water .

At last the shelter came into sight. I quickly found a site for my tent and it was up.
I next went and got water and washed myself down in the river as I was smelly. I really hummed.!!
I walked back to my tent made tea then made supper. Bollocks I think I have miscalculated as I am a meal short for tomorrow. oh well I will ask  someone tomorrow if they have a spare.
I ate tortillas with tuna that was really tasty. then the remainder I mixed with my dinner. yum.

This shelter did not have a box or bear lines    so it was time to hang my food bag  from the bears. But at this spot it was scare  of suitable  trees . so  20 minutes later it was in the tree.

I retreated to my tent and made hot chocolate and then to bed.
I hope my knees  are  better tomorrow, or I  may have to hitch  into town. although I would like to reach the 100 mile marker

night

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