Day 120 – PUDs Make for Hard Day

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”—Robert H. Schuller

Miles hiked 19.8

It’s getting colder here. It makes me start my hike around 9 o’clock nowadays. It warms up pretty quick, but that first hour – it gets you moving.

Today I climbed up to the ridge and then followed the ridge. All day long it was up-and-down following the line of the ridge. This makes for a long day.

I would much rather climb one very tall mountain and then go down it than go up-and-down up-and-down up-and-down in little fits and starts. It seems like your legs never get in the groove.

When climbing a tall mountain your muscles become accustomed to going up, and you just climb! With the PUD’s your muscles never quite know what you want of them.

You think smaller climbs would be what a hiker would want. Not me! Especially since they are shorter up in distance the architect of this portion of the trail thought they could be steeper.

I only had one vista all day long.

I did come across this marker for a hermit that lived in these hills. I’m not sure if you can read it or not but below his name, Nick Grindstaff, it says – “Lived alone… Suffered alone… And died alone.”

I’m glad I have Hugh to go home to every day!

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