It always seems impossible, until it’s done. -Nelson Mandela
Will write more later – but for today I’m DONE!
There’s been trials and tribulations
You know I’ve had my share
But I’ve climbed mountains, I’ve crossed a river
And I’m almost there!
– Tiana (Princess and the Frog)
Hugh dropped me off in the morning and I had a 1500 foot climb up the mountain. Toward the top, the trail opened up to a very large pathway.
At the very top of the mountain there was a memorial for Audie Murphy. He was the most decorated veteran in World War II. And the things people left for him were just amazing-dog tags, metals, poems and bracelets.
Toward the end of my hike I came upon a blue blaze that took me to Dragon’s Tooth. This is a very large rock. I’m not sure if you can see, but in the picture below there is a man’s head, who had climbed to the top leaning off to the right.
Tomorrow I will finish my journey… Until then.
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. – Colin Powell
The shingles have not stopped me, but they have slowed me down some. I have found that they do not bother me near as much when I am hiking. Maybe it’s because my side is not touching anything when I walk. I’m not sure, but I do now when I’m hiking the pain is lessened.
Another thing that has slowed me down is the trees that have fallen across the trail. There were six trees across the trail on day 131 and three on 132. Sometimes it’s easy to go around them or climb over them. Other times it’s a challenge if the trail is way overgrown on both sides and the tree branches are hard to get through.
On and off all day long today I got sprinkled on. So it was another day of put on the raincoat take off the raincoat. I think it was one other thing that slowed me down today. I also switched from short sleeve to longsleeve and then back again more than once today.
The down leaves hide the trail sometimes. And sometimes hide rocks on the trail. With a mile and a half to go I took a fall today. I have to say it was rather a spectacular one where I even did a roll once I hit the ground. I will say with all the leaves on the ground the landing was softer than usual.