March 19, 2019
Stover Creek Shelter
So. I said I wasn’t going to do this, but it occurred to me that the posts might post out of order (because no signal!) and the only way to keep track is to number the days. That didn’t really work on the PCT (the days are largely the same), but there are surprises on the AT, so every day is pretty unique.
Like today! I did the Approach Trail! I skipped it last time. It was challenging for a first day, but I did it! And 3 actual trail miles. You guys… I’m starting to think that hiking is not quite as difficult if you start 30 pounds lighter!
And… I’m beat. My systems need some serious tweaking.
Oh, one funny thing. I had to pee, right? (That’s not the funny thing.) And there was no place for a couple of miles—too steep, too inhabited, and I don’t have my trail (lack of) modesty yet. I crossed a jeep road with a big gravel clearing, and there was a giant tree. So I jumped behind it and unfastened my pack, and all of a sudden, SCREECH! Ten army jeeps came scraming down the jeep road and skidded to a halt in the gravel. I know they were iust there for training, but all I could think was, “Jeez! They take urination very seriously around here!”
Lots of hikers on the trail. New England seems particularly well represented so far.