well I had a lousey sleep my own fault for having food in my tent. so I was awoken at 11pm thinking water was dropping on my head. I put on my head torch to see two little eyes staring back at me. a bloody mouse it took me 20 mins to catch the bugger. then I noticed a second. so another chase. how did they get in . I looked around then found the hole.. Bastatds. I stuck so.d foot tape over . but I couldn’t get back to sleep in case more came to party. so lesson learnt No NO FOOD in my tent.
I eventually woke at 7am and quickly packed up.i didn’t even make tea. I joined the trail at 8.30 and as soon as I did my Knee complained. pain shot up my leg. Knee come on, i downed several ibuprofen and 2 painkillers. Nd shuffled forward . My goal for today was the NOC. Nandana outdoor centre. just over 9 miles away. I shuffled off down the trail and then began to climb. my knee seemed to like this and so made good progress but then came the downs and due to the rain it was like a slide. I am not foot sure normally so this was an adventure and right knee hated it. I made my way down as best as I could but it was very poor and I 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. not as vast as I had witnessed on the pct. I am now climbing again. that’s what you do on the Appalachian Trail you climb, you climb a lot. I climbed for a hour before I took a break. ate a protein bar before eating my apple that I had carried for two days. Oh it tasted so bloody good. I swigged lemonade he hoisted up my pack. then rest of the morni g was ups and downs and ups and downs then a big big up. 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 it is so sketchy… a very long way to fall and the trail is non-existent. it’s hands and arms Omg . My knee complains that it has had enough as I’m trying not to fall off a mountain.
I pause, as I hear another hiker behind me. it’s Tarzan. how you doing Snail he asks.
knees playing up I reply.
Need a shot of moonshine?
Yeah why not and took a huge gulp. phew it’s 100and silly% and envelopes me in a war. glow. Laters snail and he is gone.
from now to the NOC is all Down hill. but it seems to take forever. then my pack seems to list to the right. I try and correct it but can’t. this in turn seems to upset right knee and I seem to hurt all over.
I guess it doesn’t help when all your kit is wet and so your possibly carrying an extra 10lb.
I limp on muttering under my breath when I hear another hiker behind me I called pass my knees ☆♡♧¿¿¿☆☆
Then I noticed that it was Dan & Beth. we chatted for a while decided to split a cabin and I said see you on an hour.
The trail was still headi g 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 then I went to find Dan .at last our cabin . or sparse bunk room.
but it had a bed. I unorganized my pack slept out of my clothes. Grabbed all my wet stuff plus my sleeping bag and headed for the laundry . in the store I grabbed some change then found the machines .I put my clothes in then put my bag into the dryer. 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 relaxed. While my washing was washing I walked over to the store to pick up my parcels. whoop both here. I then brought a patch for my tent.
before heading back to laundry. Once done I headed back to the cabin. I have stuff every where. but now it’s clean and my bag is dry. I sorted through my food .. Still too much. so discarded some. I do it again tomorrow as I don’t want to drag excess weight up a 6 mile climb DREAD!!!.
OKAY food I wandered back x entered the restaurant. Nd grabbed a table. I ordered a beer and the chicken chilli
The beer was good the chilli crappy. shod of had a burger or pizza oh well. just then Dan.Betb and Tyler joined me so I ordered another beer and a side of fries. Omg the fries was enormous.
we chatted and enjoyed each other’s company and were just about to leave when Tank arrived.
now back to the cabin and bed