Friday 28 April
Elevation levels according to Guthook app: total ascent 575.5m, total descent 587.1m
Mountains climbed: Siler Bald Summit 5001ft / 1524m, Wayah Bald 5342ft / 1628m
360° view from Siler Bald
Today was an unusually long and hard day – and once at the shelter I was pleased to note that I wasn’t the only one feeling that way, a whole day of up basically.
To make matters worse I was not in the mood for hiking at all…although of course this is completely irrelevant, as one must still keep walking.
The trick I realised early on, was to walk really quickly past any shelters or campsites so I would have no choice but to keep going toward the destination. Every 15 minutes all I had in my head was,’am I there yet?’. Then I would check the GPS and no, I was bloody ages away.
This was the first day of its kind for me – and from what I hear, there will be more to come! Not only was I not interested in hiking but I was also really concerned about the miles yet to come and how few I’ve done in the time I’ve been here.
The other day I felt fine and chilled with it all. But I know from speaking with others at the shelters that this is not unusual for Trail life – you are left inside your own head for at least 6 hours everyday.
Anyway all you can do is keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep walking basically – at no time have I felt like quitting though.
North Carolina AT path so far can be summed up with the two r’s:
- Roots and
Tree roots hold the path together and one is constantly tripping up on them, and enough rocks to be tiring.
I have been hiking with Imposter for a few days now and it was good for morale to walk into camp and see a friendly face.
Oh and I have apparently I have found my laugh again…a couple walked into camp and commented that they heard me laugh from a mile away…and that it sounded good/inviting.
Alls well that ends well 😊