Saturday 12 May
I Dozed for a while before getting up.
Somersault had already left and left early. I went to the woods then retrieved my food bag. I removed my fly and then put water on to boil.
I began to pack up as the water came to the boil. I ate breckfast then finished packing. By the time I walked into the trail it was already in the 70s I think somersault had the right idea.
The trail began gentley but I knew that I had big climbs to do later and the sun was hot.
I pounded along the trail heading down , i seemed to be decending for a long long time as i reached and crossed over a road , Bob caught me, Bob is fairly tall s and so can really stride so skips up mountains the bastard.
This was the start of the the first climb, again it started gently then became steep I climbed for over 2 hours beforeI reached thetop and had to take a break as I was shattered. I pushed on and down for short distance before my next 2 mile climb oh joy . Luckily this climb was mainly sheltered from the sun by pine trees , but OMG it was still steep
2 hrs later I emerged on top of a grassy bank with nothing to see and then the trail imeaditly began to decend and of course STEEPLY down.
The trail bed became pebbles and busy with clean people and many dogs. I guessed it was a tourist spot but I hadn’t a clue what or where I was until an hour later I emerged out onto the Tennessee / North Carolina border.
There were cars every where. then I spied Bob sat by the forest sign so joined him.
Whilst here i decided to take lunch, we tried to yogi some free stuff a apple a soda but no one was being generous
Shortly Amy and Pig pen arrived from yesterday’s camp
After my break I hoisted my pack and set off with all the clean day tripers up the other side of the hill. once up the views were spectacular but the trails continuous climbs and decents were exhausting me. I ploughed on for several hours meeting a bunch of scouts out hiking, they were very chatty so I tagged along with them for a few miles
My original target was the second shelter around mile 16 But when I got there I felt that it was too early so decided to push on as I wanted more miles.
This may of been unwise as the trail quickly began to climb and very steeply . It continued climbing for several hours , I thought i was done as i crosssed sevral meadows but then it began to climb again , before crossing several more hills. My map said two miles but I’m convinced it was more likely 4 . I needed water but the next water i came too was crappy , bugger as i was relying on it . I then passed a camp which i was to be my target, but i needed water .
I carried on up the trail suddenly i met Bob coming the other way . Hey BOb
Snail there’s water about .2 miles im now heading back to the camp.
Cheers Bob , i will join you later when i have water.
I soon found water an d was on my way back to the campsite
I spied Bob putting up his tent and quickly followed suit.
As we ate dinner, a deer decided to join us , completely unfazed that we were here. After eating I hung my food bag then turned in
mileage 19.8 miles
Remaining 1803 Miles