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 4/8/12
Hawk Mountain, GA (mile 8.1)
Woke up nice and late today around 9am and it felt good to sleep in. Rooney was up a few times throughout the night and I had to change positions what felt like a million times to stay comfortable, but I still feel really rested today.
The day started with a nice downhill to the first shelter where we ate our first lunch and took a quick break. Then it was moderate ups and downs for about 5 miles to the next shelter where we had lunch number 2 and a solid rest while we figured out where we wanted to camp for the night.
Well... that rest turned into camp for the night because it was hard to get going again after we stopped. There are a lot of people here and it's fun so we figured we would be social and meet our class, then get an early start tomorrow to fit in 12 or so miles. We should make it to Neels Gap for our fourth night which is perfect for the amount of food we packed.
So far my body is holding up pretty well and really it's just my feet and shoulders that are super sore. My legs and my endurance are working with me for now. I haven't been super hungry, even though I'm burning a lot of calories.
Rooney is adjusting, but I can tell he's feeling out of his element. Physically he is doing well, but mentally he's trying to figure out what's going on. I'm going to let the first week or so play out and give him a chance to settle in, but I definitely will be keeping an eye on it all to make sure the trail is a good decision for him.
Tonight we had a campfire with a handful of guys who all had positive and fun energy. It's fun being at the shelter and meeting everyone. There is definitely a cross-section of life out here... a wide range of age and personality. There have been more women than I expected which is nice.
Tomorrow has two big climbs and I'm hoping the easy day today will help my feet rest up for them. We're going to get up early and get a jump on it.