Wednesday, June 3, 2015
As I wrote in my last post, this was going to be the last day of my AT attempt this year. I would be happy to go on, but my wife needs me home for now.
I wanted to try and beat the Math Teachers to Davenport Gap. But for the first time I dreamed and slept past 0545. When I looked at my watch, it had locked inadvertently in altimeter mode. I had to pull out my phone to see it was 0555. I got up and on the trail quickly.
It was a nice morning with some nice views of cloud covered mountains below. My photos don't do it justice. I need to learn more than the auto setting on the camera.
The trail was mostly downhill. But rocky and with lots of log 'steps'. I went pretty quickly but the Math Teachers still caught up with me three miles before the Gap.
After noon it had been thundering almost continuously with occasional light rain. For the last three miles it was a deluge and there was even some pea-sized hail! Luckily it stopped for a few minutes at the Gap so I could configure the pack, poles, and rain gear for the drive to town. I'll rent a car to get home. The Math Teachers were great and I cannot thank them enough!
I 'll do a wrap up post on my thoughts and lessons learned in the next couple of days.