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 4/15/12
Muskrat Creek Shelter, NC (mile 81.4)
Today we left Georgia and crossed into NC! The trail was no joke though, it was a lot of uphill with our heavy “just out of town” packs. We were sweatin’ and working hard for those miles today.
Tonight’s shelter is super full and it’s fun to see so many people that we know. Of the guys that we met in the beginning, Octo/Geoff, Brown/Rob and Red/Andy are here tonight. Octo is one of the first people we met and he hikes pretty much the same miles we do so we see him a lot. He’s a relaxed, nice guy from Maine. The others are hiking different miles so we only see them from time-to-time.
There’s also a newer group of people that we have seen consistently the past few nights. Little Foot (the only girl I see regularly, so far), Flinstone and Toby Keith (TK).
The whole gender dynamic on the trail is fascinating and even though you know the ratio of girls to guys is 9 to 1, it’s still surprising how dude-centric it is out here. I’ve met girls, but not a lot. Little Foot is really nice and I like talking to her, but we hike at different paces so we can only really talk at the end of the day, if at all.
Oh! I almost forgot! I finally took a trail name. So each day as we hike, there is always a point were Serial gets ahead of me. I keep a decent pace too and would pass other hikers who would tell me “you just missed Serial, he was here 10 minutes ago.” And each time I would meet up with Serial I would ask him how long he’s been there and every time he would say “10 minutes.” So for the first week, I was hearing “10 minutes” 5-6 times a day and it finally just stuck. My trail name is….10 minutes!
That’s it for me tonight. We have a long day tomorrow… trying to cram miles since weather is supposed to bring rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. We figure if we can get as close to Franklin as possible, we can time our next town stop with the rain.