Day 96: Tom Leonard to Upper Goose Pond

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

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Well as you might imagine there are repercussions for doing silly things such as hiking 28 mi. Woke up with a lot of aches and pain, also not much desire to hike. Slept in a little but I knew that
beating some of the heat and hiking early was very important.  So I made myself some oatmeal and got my day going. Once on the trail, most of the discomfort went away although my knee for the first time all journey continued to announce it's displeasure. After some stretching breaks and gentle babying downhill, it loosened up. I guess I know my limit now?

The hike was quite enjoyable through the woods but my legs and body (and mentally too) just did not want to move. Throw in that I was only going about 21 mi, and I had a hard time standing up from breaktimes...

Also lately I'm noticing that I burn through my trail mix and any snack food really really fast, as my body tries to compensate for all this exercise. I don't know how I'll manage to ration it out on more
spread out resupplies.

Today got really hot too, and with all the wetness from the recent rain the bugs were out!! From what I'd read, this section is bug alley, and it's true. They were swarming all over, divebombing my eyes, nose, mouth, ears... Ugh the deer flies droning overhead in a cloud and frequently landing on my hair and trying to nest or something. I must have killed over 20 just today. Some guy wrote in a shelter log that he feels like an "ace" when he kills 5 bugs. I understand the sentiment, there is a real satisfaction in shooting down one of these bugs that is driving you nuts.

The big risk though, is that as attention is diverted to side tasks, like bug swatting, trail maitenance, good views... That I forget to look where I'm walking. Ok when wearing boots, but dangerous in trailrunners with no ankle support. I have to try to be more careful or I'm going to really injure something.

Only a few noteworthy climbs today and the great end of the day is arriving at Upper Goose Pond Cabin. It's an enclosed cabin operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and staffed by a volunteer caretaker. Bambi is her name and she let's us know about the place, also has two nice dogs to keep the bears away :)

Redman, Slapshot, and Specs are here so with my big miles I've caught them. They arrived early and hitched to town. Therefore a bunch of spaghetti is made to feed all... Hooray!

It's still rustic here but a nice place to relax for the evening and sit by the pond. Now I'm just listening to the bullfrogs out on the pond and thinking of Wooster! Actually another thruhiker that just arrived (Enoch) went to College of Wooster! Small world.

Alright so nothing too exciting. This weekend it sounds like all the fun is happening in MI... Wish I could be there.
Take care all.
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