I had a lousy sleep which was my own fault for having food in my tent.
I was woken at 11pm by what i thought was water dripping on my head, but when I put on my head torch i was confronted withtwo little eyes staring back at me. a bloody mouse it took me 20 mins to catch the bugger and throw him out of my tent. Then I noticed a second which took longer to chase around my tent, How the FUCK did they get in . I examined my tent and found a hole, the bastards bastards. I goy up and repaired the hole as i didnt want any more visitors
Dam it i was wide awake now and couldn’t get back to sleep
Lesson learnt No NO FOOD in my tent.
I eventually woke at 7am and quickly packed up, not even bothering to put on a brew
I rejoined the trail at 8.30 and as soon as I began to walk ,my Knee complained and . pain shot up my leg. Oh come on Knee i pleaed ,I downed several ibuprofen and 2 painkillers then shuffled forward . My goal for today was the NOC. Nandana outdoor centre, just over 9 miles away. I shuffled off down the trail and soon began the first climb of the day. My knee seemed to like this and so I was able to make good progress , until it was time to decend . Due to the rain it was terecherous , it was so slippery and I am not surefooted as most people and so this was an adventure and right knee hated it. I made my way down as best as I could but it i was slow and so wasn’t doing the. mileage. I was in no hurry but I did want to get there.
Several hikers past me by as I mumbled and swore to myself as I limped on..I stopped and downed 2 more ibuprofen and 2 more painkillers before continuing on. I was now I a small burn area although not as vast as I had witnessed on the Paccific Crest trail.
and again I climbing, that’s what you do on the Appalachian Trail you climb, you climb a lot. I climbed for an hour before deciding to take a break. I ate a protein bar before eating an apple that I had carried for two days, but boy did it tast so good. I swiged lemonade before hoisting up my pack and returning to the trail. The rest of the morning was like a rollar-coaster up and down and up and down finishing with a huge climb. I am sure the views would be spectacular on a Sunny day but all I could see was FOG…….
At last I’m heading down and , but the trail is stil very slippery with sheer drops … a very long way to fall and in places the trail is non-existent. its hands and arms as i clamber over huge rock and slabs .
This scrambling down soon makes my knee complain that it has had enough and as I do not want to fall off a mountain I decide to take a quick break. I am just about to sit on a rock when I hear another hiker behind me, it’s Tarzan.
“How you doing” Snail he asks.
“Bloody knees playing up” I reply.
“Need a shot of moonshine?
Well it cant do me any harm I replied ” and took a huge gulp, phew it’s 100%+ and envelopes me in a warm glow.
“Laters snail” Tarzan replies and then he is gone.
I sit for a few more minutes before continuing on , the trail to the NOC is down but due to my knees it seems to take forever. I am making good progress until my pack decides to list to the right, I try to correct it but can not with out stopping again and i do not want to do that . But being unbalanced is also effecting my knees .
I guess it doesn’t help when your kit is wet and so your possibly carrying an extra 10 lb.
I limp on muttering under my breath until I hear other hikers behind me.
I shout out please pass as my knees are killing me , before noticing that it was Dan & Beth. We walked a while andn decided to split a cabin if there was one avilable . THen i watched them go,
“see you inabout an hour” i called
The trail was still heading down but where was the NOC how much further.?
At last I could make out a building and cars .
Eventually I emerged onto the road and crossed over to the Outfitter. sat outside was Tyler (Tentless) we chatted a while , before I went to find Dan
eventually i tracked him down and found our way to our cabin or sparse bunk room but it had a bed.
I reorganised my pack slept before stepping out of my clothes. I grabbed up all my wet stuff plus my sleeping bag and headed for the laundry, i got some change from the outfiiters and soap then found the machines .I put my clothes in the washer then put my bag into the drier. There was a nice little community outside so enjoyed talking bollocks for a few moments. Tyler produced 2 x 10 packs of beer so the mood was soon relaxed even further. While my clothes were being washed I walked back over to the store to pick up my parcels. whoop both here. I brought a patching kit for my tent before heading back to laundry.
A nice dry bag, heaven!
Once done I headed back to the cabin. I seem to have stuff everywhere, but now it’s clean and my bag is dry. I sorted through my food as i was still carrying too much and decided to discarded some., as I don’t want to drag excess weight up a 6 mile climb DREAD!!!.
After my chores i was now hungry so went insearch of food
I wandered back across the bridge and entered the restaurant. I found a table, ordered a beer and the chicken chilli.
The beer was good, although the chilli was disapointing .I should of had a burger or pizza oh well. I had just finished when Dan,Beth and Tyler joined me so I ordered another beer and a side of fries. Omg the fries were enormous.
We chatted and enjoyed each other’s company and were just about to leave when Tank arrived and so the conversation continued on.
Eventually we made our way back to the cabin and bed