I slept really well but it was freezing cold and the wind howled. I stayed in my bag as long as I could until I really needed a wee, reluntanly headed into the woods.
Once back at the shelter I made a brew and packed up but I then needed another brew.
I was wearing three layers and my leggings as I hoisted my pack and set of down the trail and into the fierce wind . Once across the other side of the mountain I was sheltered from the howeling wind and soon warmed up but didn’t want to stop.
I began to climb until I was melting so had to stop to remove my hat, raincoat and shirt. The morning trail was the typical rollar coasterof of ups and downs. But for once i was greated with spectacular views . As the day continued the climbs began to get steeper and so we’re the decents . The decents were were so steep my knees began to struggle and so I slowed right down,this continued up to lunch time. Later in the day the train of. Dan, Big Red. Tarzan, Whitey, Tentless and .magic caught me and soon disapeared into the distance .
I plodded on at my own pace my watch annouching the hours .as i decended yrt another hill i came across the crew taking lunch so I stopped to join them.
The afternoon was the same as the morning but the climbs just seemed much longer and steeper . I continued on , my target was the next shelter mile 9
Eventually the shelter appeared and again the gang were all there. I went to get water then spent the next 30 mins relaxing in the sun.
The Gang moved off and I decided that i would follow shortly.
The rest of the afternoon was going to be more climbs and for approximatley 4 miles.
I set off but my energy levels were waning and the climbs exhausting.
The time began to slow down, Oh my god how much further. ?
When your tired time seems to stand still and so do the miles.
Fuck, fuck I said to myself I have had enough .On the Paccific Crest trail I would just put throw up my tent But you’re not allowed to do that in the Smokies.
At last the shelter appeared , tpically the gang had decided to go on ,But this will do me as I was done.
I put out my bed in the shelter before heading off to get water, Once back i put on a brew before cooking Chilli Mac for tea , It was so tasty.
I followed thiswith another brew and then scoffed a sachet of tuna yummy
mileage 14.6 miles
Remaining 1995.4 Miles