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: 4/10/12
Neels Gap, GA (mile 31.7)
Last night we camped on our own instead of at the shelter and for some reason my hips and back were hurting so much all night. I didn't get very solid sleep and it made for a slow start this morning.
We had a bunch of mild ups and downs and one decent climb up blood mountain, and even though I was tired and eating lame granola bars, I handled it pretty well. The descent down blood mountain and into Neels Gap was rough though. First we went the wrong way down really steep rocks and had to climb back up them. Then when we were finally back on the trail it was filled with steep and rocky descents. Brutal on my knees and ankles.
When we finally got to Neels Gap it was such a relief. It had just started raining again so we hustled to set up our tent and went into the outfitter to house pizza. I finished an entire pizza myself and still found room for veggie lasagna from the hostel later that night. I'm grossed out and impressed with myself.
Speaking of grossed out, I found a tick in my nose today. Yep. Was trying to blow my nose and instead of snot I found a tick. Pretty disgusting.
My body still feels good and taking a shower plus doing laundry gave me an added boost. My arches and ankles are sore in general, but thankfully not blistering. My shoulders are no longer sore and my pack feels good on me. Oddly enough my legs don't feel stiff or sore yet. Maybe it's because I stretch and do yoga whenever I can.
Rooney has adjusted and is his normal and happy self again. He knows the tent is his home and he hikes with a happy face and tail. We left him along in the tent for the first time tonight, just to test the waters, and he did so great. He just curled up in our sleeping bags and took a rest. We thought it would take weeks to get to that point so it was pretty exciting. Sp proud of my little pupper.
Tomorrow we have a full load of food and a steep hike out of here. We're hoping to do three more nights on the trail and then take our first true town stop in Hiawasee. Can't wait for a real bed!!