Today, we had our longest hike so far, arriving in the late afternoon at Low Point Gap.
Pilgrim arrived a good 30 to 60 minutes before me at our planned campsite.
It seems that this place is aptly named. For me, this is a low point. Over the last couple of days, it’s become increasingly obvious that the steep downhills are not doing my artificial knees any favors. I’m finding that I need to use my poles to support my weight on every step-down, which is slowing me down greatly. I knew my artificial knees could be the weak link but I didn’t know how they would handle the mountain terrain until I gave it a go.
As much as I hate to bail on Pilgrim, the best interest of my health tells me I should come off the trail. We will hike 10 miles tomorrow to the nearest road and I will drop off the trail.