Freedom Train: AT Hike

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day 11 journal
"Its about to storm, but luckily i am safe and dry in a shelter. Did 8 1/2 miles today, just warming up for what is to come. The first 5 miles were pretty hard with a ton of up and down. Then i hit max patch and things leveled out and became more scenic. Max patch was basically a prairie on top of a mountain, its alot different then the scenery on the rest of the trail. After max patch i gradually decended through tree tunnels, and past a creek before the shelter. though it was a short day it was still hard on the body, ill start increasing miles in a couple days, 16.1 so far.

Im alone again at the shelter, but i did meet one guy briefly today. He is far ahead by now.

I almost stepped on a big black snake!
Someone just showed up :)
it my brothers birthday today.
its a kinda big storm... scary thunder 2 days of hiking till hot springs
used my stove for the first time to cook up ramen, the water didnt boil all the way, i hope i dont die."

Day 12
"slept in again today

just hiked 5.5 miles at a good pace with pretty steady elevation. Im at a pretty old looking shelter written above me is " No women no cry, Just hike or die" I LIKE IT! im eating some poptarts the next shelter is not for another 10 miles, but its to early to stop now, just gonna push on and see if i make it. Its been raining all day, and sadly there isnt a hiker log here to read through.

Turns out the guy i stayed with last night is a pretty hardcore speedy hiker. He is going from I-40 to hot springs and back in 3 days while carrying all his water because he forgot his purifier. He thru hiked a couple years back in about 100 days, which is very speedy.

Turned out to be 11.5 miles to the next shelter with 7 of those being in pouring rain. I must truthfully be crazy though because i enjoyed the down pour. it was a temperature control for me, making me feel perfect. It pushed me to, making me want to get to the next shelter fast and not think a ton on the way. In the end i walked 17 or so miles!!!!!!! it was pretty smooth but i am still proud and not actually that exhausted. :) only 3,3 miles from Hot Springs. A whole day early!

After not seeing anyone the whole 17 mile walk i came upon a girls camp at the shelter.... NO LIE! Being lead by a guy named clay who did ceramics, just a cool guy. They almost burnt down the shelter and were great entertainment for the night not to mention they gave me food. I am a lucky man!
pizza pita
smores
and pancakes
The hunger has kicked in after 17 miles

we sang songs around the fire and i finally got a trail name

Freedom Train

I thought them the song that i love about the freedom train. Great night fell asleep with a smile


song of the day- Freedom train
http://folksongcollector.com/thisold.html
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dhamony3 on

I am so Happy to read this blog! and know you are HAPPY and at this pt. well!

sixpack
sixpack on

keep on hikin'

Gyro on

Great work DJ...keep livin' it and writin' it.

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