The first thing I want to say today is thank you. Thanks for reading my blog. I also want you to know that I see and read all the comments. On Facebook, twitter and my blog site. I try to like them all. I rarely comment though. The reason is that I’m constantly rationing my battery life on my phone.
One of you inquired about calorie intake versus how many I’m burning. I really don’t know. I mentioned “hiker hunger ” a couple of days ago. That means I and most of the other hikers are hungry most of the time. Even when we eat we never really get full. Today I had a Clif bar for breakfast, a Nature Valley nut and chocolate bar mid morning and for lunch some trail mix and beef jerky and a snickers bar. For supper I ate a dehydrated meal of chicken and rice that was supposed to be 3 servings. I ate the whole thing. 810 calories in that meal alone. I still ate some more trail mix after supper because I was still hungry. I know I have lost weight. I don’t know how much, but I would say 15-20 pounds. I’m having problems keeping my pants hitched up. I’m probably going to be looking for a cheap belt when I get to a town again.
Today was another very good day. The weather was perfect. In the 30s when I started. As the day went on I was gaining altitude so I don’t think it ever got above 50 even though in the towns at lower altitudes it was supposed to get in the 70s. There is even still some patches of snow left from last Thursday’s storm in the higher elevations.
I left this morning early. 6:45 as soon as it was light enough to see the trail. I hiked alone again today. However Engineer did make it to the shelter I’m at. I did meet another guy I like. Saunter. He’s 67 years old, but not doing the whole thing. He’s getting off the trail when we get to Damascus Va. I
The shelter I’m at has a beautiful view. The shelter is an old barn converted into a shelter. I’m staying in my tent tonight though. The moon rising over the mountain next to us was really cool. For a fewer minutes it looked like the mountain was on fire.
Today was long. Almost 25 miles. I am only going to do 18 tomorrow. My legs are tired.