After performing triple bypass surgery on my toe, I have been back on the trail for 3 days and it’s getting much better.
The day I got off the trail is called a Nero because I still hiked a few miles to get to a road crossing for Hiawassee. When I hitched back out, I started back at the same spot I got off so I’m still considered a “purist'”. Now I have hiked 20 something miles around Hiawassee and will hitch back in on the other side to take a Zero for Sunday since I have to wait for post office to open on Monday and I need a week of resupply to get to Franklin, NC. A full day off means laundry, shower and pizza!
The trail has been a little better these last couple days, but still killing me. Hoping the trail legs kick in soon. Proprietor of Top of Georgia hostel gives a talk every evening and last night it was about the drop out rate. Apparently there has been a larger number this year and is expected to be 50% by the end of April. Most hikers are moving too fast, which I don’t have to worry about! The last few days I have seen very few people hiking and maybe half a dozen at campsites. The woman I was hiking with sped up, rolled her ankle and has been laid up for 3 days. I’ll take slow!
Hope all is well in your world….
P.S. Saw the butt of a bear as he ran over the other side of knoll. Three bear encounters, that I know of. Yikes