Day 18 started with a great breakfast with Catherine and my MIL. I heard from SlimTim during the early morning and he sent me an email from his friend Monty. Monty included encouragement for me that I really appreciate. Monty also said, “I have found in personal challenges pride and humility can get confused. Pride prevents humility, but humility brings about a certain sense of pride.” I’ve spent some time pondering his words as I climbed today. For sure I feel the humility that comes from being a speck on a massive mountain and the sheer force of nature that is totally beyond my control.
After farewells to my wife and MIL, I hiked from Nantahala Outdoor Center (mm 137.1) to Sassafras shelter (mm 144). I met a couple of hikers at a water stop and they were definitely hiking to the tune of a different drummer! To tell you the truth, they made me a little uncomfortable. I admit to a little paranoia with these two, but I soon got over it.
At Sassafras Gap Shelter, I met a new trail mate, Turtle, who is close to my age. We had a really nice chat. I had hoped to send a photo but the signal tonight isn’t strong enough. I’ll try and include it tomorrow.
I was a little depressed yesterday until I saw my lovely bride (of almost 25 years.) My hip was aching, my feet were sore, I had a blister on my little toe, and was totally exhausted from the climbs of the day. But she had all the meds needed for the hip and blister, she showered me with loving attention and I had a good night’s rest. l was ready for the trail this morning! Thank you, honey bunch.
Since my pictures didn’t upload Catherine is including a couple of photos from her drive back to Tennessee today.
Catherine dropped a pack of food and supplies at Fontana Village Lodge for me to pick up Thursday or Friday. I couldn’t ask for better support!
Starting MM 137.3 Nantahala Outdoor Center
Ending MM 144 Sassafras Gap Shelter
6.7 miles for the day.
From The Trail,