Day 4 (April 10): Coldest night yet, but awoke to a campfire already built which helped to warm us back up. Had some great views of the surrounding mountains while hiking, especially from Ramrock Mountain. Received our first trail magic at Woody Gap. Pancakes, hotdogs, chips, coffee, OJ, and fruit.
Helped a lot to climb the next few uphills to our campsite that night. Rachel and Dead Weight took a shuttle to the Hiker Hostel since they didn’t have a tent for the night. Ended at Lance Creek (24.3m) where we tented for the first time. Warmed around the campfire with Pantyhose, Thor, JC, Ompi, Jay, and Poor Design. Good Conversation.
“How big can a bonsai tree grow before it becomes just a small tree?” – Jay
Day 5 (April 11): Finally got a full night sleep. Woke to some light rain and fog. After have a light breakfast and packing up our wet tent, we hit the trail with Thor and Pantyhose. We missed out on some potentially great views due to the fog, but it did make the forest look surreal. While climbing Blood Mountain, Nadine and I were given the trail names Roadrunner and Coyote since Nadine was always speeding up the trail with me chasing behind. Hardest climb/decent yet.
We could definitely feel it in our legs and may be paying for it tomorrow. End our day early at Neel’s Gap(31.7m) to rest our bones and resupply. Had microwave chimichangas and milk for lunch. Rachel and Dead Weight ended up shuttling to Neel’s Gap and had reserved a cabin for us along with a 12 pack of beer.
We made a spaghetti dinner and played Uno before heading to bed. Yes, in a bed. Planning to ramp up our miles tomorrow. Hoping it won’t rain too much.