Day 14: NOC to Locust Cove

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Fast fact: did you know that about 10-15% of all would be thruhikers call it quits at Neel's Gap (just 30 miles after springer)

Today was kind of crappy. Slept awful last night ( too hot, snoring, mice running around) especially angering since I paid 20 bucks for it.

The 6 mile, 3000 ft climb out of NOC really wasn't that terrible, but the weather was rough, 40 mph gusts over the ridgeline and rain threatened to throw us over the cliff a couple times!  Didn't take any pictures cause my camera was locked away dry! (though the dark ominous clouds and black mtns would have made great photos!)

Arrived at camp here about 3 pm and got things set up quickly. Then about half hour later the flood gates opened. Big thunderstorm rolled right over my tent, first real rain I've had on her. Got some seam sealing to do unfortunately. Maybe a sunny day soon will give me a chance to mend her up ( just some minor leaks mind you, but I don't want any leaks!)

Now it's just windy again. "putts" arrived during the downpour, and I felt bad for her. (I could hear her setting up in the rain.) we talked when I was cooking dinner (mac and cheese and tuna, bring on the bears, or any stray mtn cats!!)

Willard and I were the only ones that didn't zero in NOC today (that I know of) so we can take it easy getting to Fontana, then push again at the Smokies.  I'll be very excited to see my mom and dad and cousins Marie and Colin at Newfound Gap on Friday.

Took off the socks today and blisters look better. Yay!  Ankles still hurt a lot, but I'm trying some new stretches and that seems to help a bit.  Hope everyone is well. Sorry that there are no photos in these blogs.  Eventually I'll add them and you'll have to come back and rediscover
my whole trip!
-Donner (sounds weird!)
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sarah lampe on

maybe you should pronounce your trail name like "doh-ner" as in the german dohner kebob (sp?). i bet you could use one of those right now and then you won't be associated with a cannibal?
just a late night sunday thought :-)
sweet trail magic dreams!!!!

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