Happy Easter, we are heading into the Smokies today. We want to get miles behind us so we will be at Hot Springs by the end of the month. Love the folks I am hiking with, we all have fun. Seeing more people leave the trail due to stress or injuries. She has taken a few falls and I have had to literally reach down and pick her up by her pack! My big ass Italian hands and legs have served me well on this trip. Knees are sore but I wear my cho-pat all of the time so it is helping. Can’t believe how the body changes, I have six pack abs already! It is still cold as hell in the mountains. Meeting so many cool people and everyone loves the blog. I have guys that I don’t even know asking me if they can be Hunk of the month! Some of them just don’t qualify.
DSOH – Dry sense of humor
DOSH- Mr. April
This is DSOH, which stands for Dry sense of humor, and he is the coolest guy on the trail. Future lawyer, world traveler and all around good guy.
Yellowbeard found a dress in the shelter and said he is wearing it to Fontana.
Yellowbeard with Hardway and Osprey
We left Nantahala center this morning and hiked Cheoah Bald, 5062 feet! It was the hardest hike so far. Straight up and no relief for hours. We should be at Fontana by Sunday and Smokies will be next. I have not seen Jerky Pie or Brave since the storm in Georgia and I have not seen Godfather, Die Hard, or Tigger since last Saturday. I received a text from Duke, his daughter picked him up in Franklin and took him to the hospital, looks like he will go home. We are seeing fewer people on the trail and lots of folks with injuries, The trail is so hard, but when you take a zero day, you just want to get back on as quickly as you can. Weather is nice but still really cold at night.
Terrible storm yesterday. Temperature dropped in the low teens and everyone had to leave the trail. They told us a couple of guys died on the trail (froze to death) yesterday at the shelter we were going to stay in. So we decided to spend the night in a hostel. The owners of the hostel were great and we were back on the trail today. 13 miles mostly up hills and my legs are so tired tonight. We are at Nantahala Outdoor Center and it is great. This morning was a challenge because the ground was frozen and the trail was so slick. Kat loved looking at the frozen ice circles in the woods along the way. She is a microbiologist and loves to see the unusual formations of ice and plants this time of the year.