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  1. Day 37: Hard, but short day

    Only 8.6 miles today, but the second half looks like a hard climb. Got off on a normal start and made good time, but that climb was brutal. Apparently NC doesnít believe in switch backs. Basically, itís straight up then you get a little flat as a break then it starts all over again. Thankfully, I made it to the shelter before 2pm, so I spent the afternoon napping and resting in my tent. I needed it. Tomorrow starts with another 2 miles uphill then it levels out thankfully.

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  2. Day 36: Hard Climb in the heat

    Finally setting off from the Happy Gnomad today, unfortunately today is mostly up hill. I finally got my wish and the cold is gone. It suppose to get up in the 80s today. ☀️ Well with the heat comes snakes. Saw my first copperhead today. It was right in the middle of the trail. Luckily I saw it before I stepped on it and it quickly moved on. Todayís climb was no joke. Still kept good time, but it was hard. Made sure to stay hydrated and kept applying the sunscreen. Made it Spring Mountain ...
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  3. Day 35: Slack Packing to Hot Springs

    Just over 6 miles today to get us into Hot Springs and itís almost all downhill. 2 Knees and Not Sure are joining me again today. We hiked at the same pace yesterday, so we all seem well matched on pace. Due to the short mileage, we slept in and didnít get started until 10am. Still made it into Hot Springs in time for lunch. Had a delicious burger at the Iron Horse Station. The hostel owners got a 8 week old Pyrenees puppy today, so we spent the afternoon getting puppy cuddles. The hostel also slack ...

    Updated 04-30-2021 at 13:12 by aklarsen11

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  4. Day 34: Slack Packing Max Patch

    Today Iím slack packing 14 miles from Max Patch road to Garenflo Gap. 2 Knees and Not Sure also planned to do the same thing so we coordinated our ride in the morning to split the cost. Got out on trail shortly after 9am and was met with fog and wind. Supposedly Max Patch has pretty views, but we didnít see anything unfortunately. It was a nice section, where I had gotten off trail I had really been through the worst of it, but Iím still glad I got off. Got some trail magic at lemon and garenflo ...
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  5. Day 33: Relaxing while raining

    Taking my zero today since itís suppose to rain all day. Finished off LOTR (extended edition) this morning and just hung around the hostel. In the afternoon, went into town (which is just a road) and checked out the outfitter and dollar tree. Iíve been looking to change my pack, but every place has been cleared out. The guy at this outfitter seems to really know what heís talking about. He said more will be delivered Tuesday. Iím suppose to head out Tuesday, but maybe they will arrive Monday. 🤞 ...

    Updated 04-30-2021 at 12:32 by aklarsen11

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