Day 27: Spring Mtn to Flint Mtn

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

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Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Sunday, April 11, 2010

Did you know the Appalachian Mtns are said to be the worlds oldest mtn range and once were as tall as the Himalayas! They have been worn down over the centuries by wind and water erosion, broken down by freezing and thawing, glaciers, and tiny organisms like lichens that break down the rock. Sometimes we come to the top of a ridge and it still truly looks like a rugged forbidding landscape.

So today was a monster day! I'll give away the ending: we did 21.3 miles! My feet hurt.

Started this morning pretty early. I was the first to rise and seemed like all too soon we were hittin the trail. Fortunately everything loosened up quickly. It is amazing how each day a new part of my body that's never hurt before can come up with screaming pain. I'd list it all out but no one wants to hear me complain.

Speaking of complaints, we like to joke that us hikers can and will complain about everything. Examples: complaining about weather, if it's sunny it's too hot to hike, if it's rainy then it's too wet, if it's cloudy then we wonder why the sun isn't out. Campfires, people don't want them because of the smoke, but the smoke keeps away bugs so we complain if we don't have them. You get the idea...

Interesting pain today (not the first episode just first time I've thought to share) we like to joke about our packs as our personal heating units. Anyone who's backpacked (guy or GIRL) has experienced BACKSWEAT! Well recently when my back sweats against the pack it feels like each pore is a little needle pricking me all over. Truly awful when this goes on all day.

Bad decision of the day: getting water out of a ditch by TN highway 70... Only drank a little bit then poured it out.
Climb of the day: 2500 ft in 4 miles
Lunch was at little laurel shelter, nice sunny spot and everyone was around at more or less the same time.

Beefstick saved a hikers dog today from a semi crossing hwy 70. Also
"nobody" helped coordinate getting a lost dog back to civilization. (amazing the things that happen out here)

After the easy day yesterday we were looking to do big miles today, planning for a 17. When we got there though, we were feeling good and "roughin it" who had been ahead of us the whole time wasn't around where we'd planned on camping. So we pushed it the last 4 miles to make it the longest day yet and broke the 20 mi barrier for the first time. We are very tired but there is a certain satisfaction. All guys around and we keep joking that we are trying to catch some cute girls ahead. Haha

Also today at Big Butt mtn (nope didn't make up the name) we passed the 300 mile mark.  Guess we are really moving. We nearly did 1% of the trail just today. (1% would be a 21.76 mile day for those of you that didn't take my math class)

Today we also climbed along a spectacular ridgeline for a couple miles. Lots of rocks and scrambles, but the views were worth it. Plus the long miles of dirt trails get old, and it's fun to do some rocky sections.

Well I'd better get to bed so the fuel I ate (mac and cheese and hot dogs) can begin to repair me and prepare to do more miles tomorrow.  Good night all! Keep up the awesome comments! I read all of them but I can't respond. If you have something specific and want a response,
please send me an email or text message!
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