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. i limped out of camp. Snail this does not feel good. I hobbled down the trail and to my first few climbs I was walking like a grandpa. so stopped took more ibuprofen before setting off again. Luckily the trail was smoothing and down but I wasn’t really making the most of it.

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 may need to get off soon and rest I had planned on Franklin in 2 more days but it may be wise to head there sooner rest my knee.

so I am only going for 12 today,

that is if I can do 12.

down the trail I limped I will take more breaks I promised my self. up a head several hikers were standing.

Welcome to North Carolina.

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

I moved on and well one to North Carolina ment a bloody bid mountain. omg it was high. I struggled up it being careful of my knees as they were so tender. up and up this climb went. a d then after that there was another omg. I’m knackered. AT last the trail went down .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. plugged water then set now the trail was busy.

bumble bee and a host of other hikers past me by.

but I wasn’t chasing just plodding. up and down up and down.i past by another shelter but that was too soon to stop. Then I met a man who gave me advice about stretching. I will try and 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.And once 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 a 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 past me by making me jump. It could now see the carpark thorough the trees so not far to go.

A man called Preacher was wIting here helping his son hike and offeted to take our trash.thank you so much . he also gave me 1/2 his iced tea..yummy.

Then for the final climb. a mile up so about an hour. omg it was hot and I had to keep 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 as I was smelly. I hummed. I walked back made tea then made supper. Bollocks I think I have miscalculated as I am a meal short for tomorrow. oh well I will ask tomorrow some one may have a spare.

I ate tortillas with tuna that were really tasty. then the remainder I mixed with my dinner. yum.

then it was time to hang my dinner from the bears 40 minutes later it was in the tree.

I retreated to my tent and made hot chocolate and then to bed.

hope my knee looks better tomorrow, or I will hit h into town. although I would like to reach the 100 mile marker



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