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A Pause for Breath

After a good day’s rest on Friday, I set off on a cold rainy Saturday morning. I made good time, covering some 18.8 miles by about 13:30. I hit a very cold Blue Mountain Shelter, which already housed ‘Cowboy’, ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Sunset’. Sunrise, a Brazillian girl who lives in Denver, promptly christened me ‘Flying By’, or ‘FlyBy’ for short.

The trail name was perhaps too optimistic, though. The day’s hike was clearly a bit much for my body, and by late afternoon I was feeling rather nauseous, and had the beginnings of shin splints on my left leg.

In the morning I headed for the nearest road, where I shared a shuttle with some other hikers into Hiawassee. And that’s where I was yesterday and today – taking a bit of time off to let my body recover. I’ve also bitten bought some hiking poles, which should help take some weight of my legs.

Tomorrow morning, with another decent night’s rest behind me, I’ll head back to the trail. Although the next few days will be a bit slower, hopefully I’ll be flying by in no time :-)


  1. Ilse
    Posted 29 Apr ’13 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Hope things go better for you and that the weather clears up! Good luck!

  2. Elaine
    Posted 29 Apr ’13 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    May the rest of the trail be less tiresome!! Take it easy, you still have plenty of time!!!

  3. Linda
    Posted 1 May ’13 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Do take time off to see and experience interesting villages or events just off the trail. Lots of love

  4. Lirize Loots
    Posted 2 May ’13 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Hoop dit gaan beter met die bene. Shin splints is nie lekker nie… hou aan stap so lank jy dit geniet! You can wander away on two feet or many wheels :) Ons mis jou xx

  5. Tamzyn
    Posted 14 May ’13 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    An adventure isn’t truly an adventure without some aches and pains. Better than trying to travel to Rivendell with a Morgul-blade in your side ;-) ! I’m glad you’re feeling better now though! X

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