This post is part of a series that was originally written during our 2012 section hike on the AT. To read all of the entries, click here.
Originally written 4/16/12
Big Spring Shelter, NC (mile 100.7)
Today was our longest day yet and a first for me… we hiked 19.3 miles! It was pretty hard on me physically, but the rain is coming and we wanted to squeeze in as many miles as possible. Now we only have 9 miles to do tomorrow to get into town and even if it’s raining it won’t be too bad.
The day started off great and I was keeping a great pace for the first ten miles, but I should have stopped sooner for lunch because miles 11 and 12 were tough. I’m stubborn though and wanted to eat at the shelter with Serial. Lesson learned… fuel when the body asks for it, not when the shelter appears.
After lunch, we hiked together and made our way to camp, about 7 more miles. They were mostly flat and downhill except Albert Mountain. That was a heck of a climb, but we were rewarded with a fire tower and amazing views. My body was aching and tired by then, but it was still a beautiful sight and I loved sharing that moment with Serial. Bonus… the fire tower marked our 100th mile on the trail!
It’s starting to rain lightly so I’m going to let the sound of rain lull me to sleep now. Franklin tomorrow!