A big climb, sun and rain
Trip Start Mar 10, 2010
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now I'm at mile marker 162.6! I'm taking Monday off and Tuesday we'll (the hooligans) head into the great smokie mountains!
so on 3/26 it was cold and rained again. what a surprise! had a tough climb 6.9 miles all up hill. really we climbed all day. the shelter was full and we were all in bed by 630pm.
3/27 got up early. the ground was frozen. we hiked 15.2 miles. last night jasper a golden retriever slept next to me and kept his head on my legs. it was soo cold i was happy he kept me warm. grateful his owner is a 6'6'' red head form Texas. a real good guy. while hiking the clouds were hanging in the low land areas it was really cool. i hiked with jasper and grateful. jasper was so funny he'd run up and check on me then he'd run back to check on his owner. the silly dog did this most of the day until he was tucked out. i fell today thank god i caught a tree. all i had was a scrapped shin and a bruised ego. i met will and way today (where there's a will there's a way). former though hikers who hooked us up with some trail magic!.
3/28 had to pack up in the rain today. not very fun. : ( then we hiked into Fontana a short day. now i,m at the hotel. i had fried bologna for lunch. thanks moon pie. now I'm headed to the room for a second shower. i don't feel clean from the 1st one. then have a couple of beers and watch the Celts on espn. trail life is tough!