Tuesday, April 26, 2016; AT Mile 137.3
Walked from 134.2 to 139.7 or 5.5 miles.
Started 07:01 AM, stopped 10:30 AM.
Ave mph was 1.59, excluding lunch.
Battery used: 4 percent
The official miles today was 5.9. Nite the trail differs some now from the 2008 tracks I am using.
There were some ups out of the shelter area, that produced some nice vistas. Then it was all downhill. My tight tendon tweaked a couple of times then settled down. Flowers seem to be coming out. Or maybe it's just the lower elevation here.
This seems to be one of the NOC's main rec sites. Kayaking and the 1/2 mile zip seem to be sought after.
For thrus it seems to be a light resupply, a bunk and food. The food today is a big disappointment. Their B/L/D sit down restaurant is closed. I'm told it was a sprinkler problem in the kitchen. I cannot believe a plumber couldn't fix such a problem in a few hours. But they closed it for several days. That leaves a BBQ sandwich stand for meals--lunch and dinner. I'll close with -- crap.
Instead of a nice eggs, bacon, grits and milk breakfast I'm going to have miniature donuts and water.
I did get showered and my clothes washed. Had lunch and some ice cream. Don't assume that Yup Vanilla Milk tastes like milk. I've also dried out my tent (it's supposed to rain tomorrow), trimmed my dirty nails, and begun recharging my electronics.
They advertise WiFi complex wide--but not down here at the extra hundred step building. Going out for ice cream I came upon a female thru sitting near the bottom of the steps. Looked like she was crying but she had just showered so I wasn't sure. Asked her if she was ok, and she said she climbed up and down mountains but tripped on the stairs. Hope her ankle is ok.
Anyway, despite no WiFi I do have 3-4 bars of AT&T. I'll work on photos next.
There's a horrible climb tomorrow. Guys coming down said it took them 4.5 hours to get down. I'll camp 2 nights then take a day off at Fontana lodge. Their restaurants had better be open. Thing is their menus aren't as good as the one here.
Have a nice day!