Winter Appalachian Trail – Day 50 (15 miles)
A short but hard day.
I woke up after yesterday’s double marathon expecting to be very sore. I was pleasantly surprised that I was not (well ‘not’ is comparative). I packed up and hit the trail. The storm that I was expecting last night had not started but did not look like it was far off.
It turned out to be a battle against the elements today, and probably the worst that I have experienced on this trail to date. Heavy rain, high winds (50 miles / 80 km), just above freezing temperatures made it simply a case of getting through and not getting too cold along the way. For me, this is the epitome of bad weather.
The weather was that miserable that I did not want to stop and get more food from my bag so continued on with a rumbling stomach. My muscles were also getting progressively worse the further I went. I guess all yesterday’s miles are catching up with me.
Saying all that, my clothing system worked extremely well and I actually stayed dry! Never the less I was glad to arrive at the highway around noon and head into town to resupply
When I got a lift the rain decided to stop!
I was sore enough that I decided to stay in town at the hostel rather than continue.