There’s nothing like hiking in diagonal rain (250.6m)

Spoke to my honey at 7:00am, just as she was waking. I got to watch her morning routine as she washed her face and brushed her teeth, all the while trying to keep talking. Funny.

I hit the trail at Davenport Gap at 8:50am and I was instantly winded. The two days off trail had slowed me down considerably. I felt weak and breathy, I couldn’t find my rhythm at all. To make matters worse it was hot and humid. Sweat was pouring down the sides of my face just ten minutes in – good lord.

I was meeting the crew at the I-40 overpass and they arrived about 20 minutes after me; I’d hiked the 1.6 miles or so to meet where they’d been picked up the night they got off trail two days ago.

It was uphill for 5 miles, and oh man was it tough. Hot, humid, and steep.

The rain came about 2 hours in and it poured; the temps dropped rapidly as the sky became dark grey, I was going to get soaked. Rain jacket donned, I pressed on through the storm. Rain shot diagonally and it stung my face and hands. A little over an hour later it stopped, the sun came out, and it was warm again. I stopped to dry my clothes and shoes for a while, then continued to climb.

We got to Brown Gap around 4:00pm and I set up my hammock – I was beside myself with excitement about going to bed!

Dinner of a Pasta Side with cheese and bacon macaroni with some sriracha wrapped inside tortillas tasted like a 4 star meal.

It’s now 7:39pm and still light out, heck, the birds are still chirping in the trees above my head.

I can hear Tie Dye snoring from 100′ feet away, lol.

Hoping for a good night of sleep. Bear bag hung and I’m finishing this last paragraph, I’m tired. I couldn’t get any cell service here which is both annoying and ironic given my “out of the Smokies” comment earlier. I hate it when I can’t call or text home, I hope she doesn’t think I’m not trying – I walked about 1/8 mile down the gravel road earlier to see if I could get a better signal. No dice, bollocks.

Completed 250 miles today.

Jolly out.







One thought on “There’s nothing like hiking in diagonal rain (250.6m)

  1. Hi, Jolly! Glad to hear you took the time you needed to rest and are back on the trail. Have a wonderful hike!

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