Still Walking

30 Apr

Day 30 (4/20) – zero day with Dad
Day 31 (4/21) – 16.1 miles
Day 32 (4/22) – 16.4 miles
Day 33 (4/23) – 4.7 miles
Day 34 (4/24) – 12.8 miles
Day 35 (4/25) – 16.8 miles
Day 36 (4/26) – 15.8 miles
Day 37 (4/27) – 9.3 miles
Day 38 (4/28) – 15.6 miles
Day 39 (4/29) – throat infection
Day 40 (4/30) – 10.3 miles
Total AT Mileage to Date – 426.8 miles

Things are getting real out here. Cell service has been sketchy. It has been bone chilling cold. We ran out of food and had to mooch Pringles, trail mix, and beef jerky off the two greatest day hikers ever (thank you, Hunter and Chase!). Walking has gotten kinda old at times. I am coated in dirt and grime.

But I’m happy.

Oh yeah, and my throat start hurting worse and worse. When it started spreading down my neck, I hiked into town and a guy named Bob took me to the town doctor, who diagnosed me with a throat infection and gave me two different antibiotics. I took my 8 horse pill amoxicillins yesterday and felt okay enough to hike 10 miles today. Hoping I wake up tomorrow feeling even better!

Anyway, pictures…

Thru-hikers Yukon and Jabberwocky spent a rainy night with my Dad, Bojangles, and me. They got to know Velcro:

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On the food front, we stopped here:

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And we madeavoided some hard decisions (i.e., bought both):

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A guy in a 1980s camper van gave us a banana and some coffee at a particularly low point on Day 31:

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We passed the 400 mile point:

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I’m still alive:

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And sometimes the scenery blows my mind:

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Oh yeah, yeah, also: we officially left North Carolina for real (we’d been hiking the border with Tennessee for-freaking-ever):

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And my trekking pole broke in half:

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Life is good.

6 Responses to “Still Walking”

  1. vp April 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Please inform Bo his resupply request for blue Gatorade is denied. Ah let’s get real here now. I’m real flexible, however, comma, I draw the line at which color of drink. Have him go w blue sunglasses lens and water. Mr Logistics

    • Lucie April 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

      Noooooooooo! That means I will be forced to continue to hear him go on – mile after mile – about the damn blue frost glacier freeze Gatorade.

      The thought of which just drove me to order the stuff on Amazon – from the woods! Please pick it up from your mailbox on Thursday and bring!

      -Lucie

  2. Dave Landreth April 30, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Woohoo! Y’all should be in Virginia by now. I spotted a broken hiking stick that looks just like yours on the south side of Whitetop two weeks ago while section hiking into Damascus – that one looked like somebody had gotten mad and wrapped it around a tree. It’s great to see some fine weather rolling in for a change. I’m anxious to see how you like the Grayson Highlands region – to me, it’s right up there with the Roan Highlands in beauty. One step at a time, one more ridge, one more night under the stars and slowly but surely, y’all will make it to Katadhin. Keep on truckin’!

    • Lucie May 3, 2013 at 7:01 am #

      Dave! Good to hear from ya! Yup, made it to Virginia yesterday and looking forward to Grayson! Really appreciate the words of encouragement. Now when we hike and one of us is dragging, we are like, “one more step, one more ridge, one more night under the stars; keep on truckin’!” It’s like our battle cry.

      -Oxy and Bojangles

      P.S. Loved your pictures!

  3. writer77 April 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    Strange, but I had the same issue about three times with throat infections when I backpacked the A.T. in 1985. Don’t know if it was strep caught from other hikers, or what..but I had to treat mine as well. Hike on…and stay healthy!

    • Lucie April 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      Oh no, don’t scare me! Hopefully, I’m one and done!

      -Lucie

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