Completed my longest day today. 25 miles in 10 hours. Feeling much better today. Glad that hell is over.
Me, Solo, Mellow Jonny, and Wiki got picked up at the Worst Southern Motel by Miss Janet at 9:30am. She took us back to Sam’s Gap to resume our hike. We didn’t get there and start our hike until 1:00pm. Miss Janet is a busy lady. She shuttles so many hikers it takes awhile for everything to work out.
Solo was intent on making the 25 mile trip back to Erwin, TN to meet up with Monk and Coach. I decided to join to make up some time from my unplanned sickness zero day.
We made it to Big Bald with incredible views in really good time and figured we could make the 25 mile trip. It was really windy up there so we had a quick snack and got out of there and back in the trees.
I enjoyed the long day up to about 4 miles left. We were night hiking and able to see the lights of Erwin. Switchback after switchback seemed to not get us any closer. I was fed up and ready to be done. It finally ended and me and Solo popped out onto a road next to Uncle Johnny’s Hostel where Monk and Coach had rented a cabin.
Once we reached the cabin it was full of thru-hikers. Some I had not let before. They were watching Braveheart. I grabbed a spot on the floor and enjoyed a nice cold beer. After the movie we went to sleep. I was beat and my feet were sore.
We will see what shape I am in the morning. Goodnight!