Day Two – Up and At ’em!

“Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky!”-Dr. Seuss

Miles walked today – 12. Total trip miles 20.

The camp was completely full.  It looked like a KOA campground. There were children running around and playing. They were on spring break – one mother had her two-year-old there. I know that because they tented beside me and the two-year-old woke up screaming at 3 AM. I went to bed early and slept 11 hours. Woke up at seven and was on the trail by eight.

I won’t lie – this is hard. The Appalachian Trail does not believe in smooth services or a flat terrain. You are either going up or you’re going down.

For most of the morning I did not pass anyone there was no one on the trail. No one left as early as I did.  Around 10am I passed a couple that was incredibly nice from Michigan. They are Linda and Mark.

But one thing that stood out this morning…as I was walking down the trail to a gap there was this man sitting there and I said, “hi what are you doing?” He said, “waiting for you” and then he held up my e-cigarette that I had left at camp that morning. The ATC ridge runner brought it to him and he waited for me! People are so nice.

Had lunch at Gooch shelter. Gooch shelter is 8 miles from where I spent the night last night, so did pretty good mileage this morning, but the main thing that Gooch shelter had that I wanted was a privy!

Let me tell you, it’s hard to find a place to dig a hole when there are no leaves on any trees! Made it to the shelter in the nick of time…and I do mean the nick of time.

Linda and Mark are keeping up with me. They arrived at the shelter and we all had lunch. Decided we would camp together tonight. They wanted to get to around mile 20 and so did I. I hike faster than them, but I sit down to do this blog and stuff and they catch up. It’s working out nicely.

At Gooch Gap there was trail magic! People set up tables and hand out food. While I was there they were giving out apples and cheese. So nice! They were cooking food later, but I did not want to wait around so headed out.

The next 3 miles I will tell you where hard. Straight up and really straight down. I stopped to get water. I have a mile before Woody gap.

When I finally hit Woody Gap I was so happy! What made me even more happy was trail magic was set up in the parking lot. Organic farmers were giving out beef and lentil soup. Best soup I’ve ever had!

I set up my tent and waited for Linda and Mark to get in. While I waited I visited with some section hikers. They were so funny. While I waited a hiker that I had seen before named Justin came through when he walked off the trail into the camping area. He was so mad at the trail, we were all laughing at him. He was cussing up a streak.

The day hikers I was talking to offered him a beer and I thought he would cry with joy! His new treasure trail name is the Brewmaster. He kept asking me how I got here before him. The day hikers were laughing at him saying I was kicking his butt.

It’s a quarter till seven and I’m in my tent ready to read some before I go to sleep.

I need a pillow!


8 thoughts on “Day Two – Up and At ’em!

  1. What a wonderful two days. Almost makes me wish I was with you,except for the hard parts which is pretty much all of it. Had to laugh that you left something behind. I remember our conversations about this! Happy early birthday!!!!

  2. Hey Janet! This is still just so amazing to me! Also, you’re such a fabulous writer! Feeling like I’m right there hiking with you! Great description and voice! My Jennifer Kay made me promise that I would never do this! Easiest promise I ever made. Lol. She can’t believe your ambition, strength, courage, and confidence! That’s MY cousin!! Glad you’re meeting so many nice people! Love you!

  3. Gotta love that trail magic! Looks like some steep terrain! Don’t twist your ankle getting in a hurry. Sounds like your meeting some fun/nice people. Love, love, love reading this so keep them coming! We are all living vicariously through you! I bet you’re going to get a name soon. You’re making quite a name for yourself already pushing ahead of everyone! Oh yeah! Glad you made it to the privy! 😜

  4. It was a pleasure meeting you today! I hope he sticks with that name. Enjoy the woods & happy trails!

    “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a Ride!'”
    – Hunter S Thompson

  5. Doing good, sister! So nice of that man to wait for you and give you back your Ecig. You would have not been a happy hiker without it!

  6. Would love to be there with you! Your entries have been very descriptive and interesting to read! Prayers are with you! Can’t wait to read your next blog!

  7. Hi Honey,
    Was great to get to say hello today. I actually thought that I had already written on this one but I don’t see it so guess not. Don’t tell Jo Beth, she already thinks I am crazy! You are always smiling in your pics so I am assuming that you are happy. I am enjoying being with Jenna and family. I actually went to see a movie. Yea! I almost forgot how to do that because it has been so long! I am always excited to read what you have to say. Laura said they enjoyed having Hugh at the shop. Anxious to see tomorrow’s blog.
    Be happy, be strong, be careful and be sweet!

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