Day 1 was pretty tough. I signed in at the Visitor Center with an official pack weight of 34 pounds and I am the 479th person to register. The Approach Trail up to Springer Mountain kicked my ass and was a nice wake up call that this wasn't going to be a walk in the park. Those 600 steps were pretty killer. I think I stopped about every 10 steps to catch my breath. I reached the top of Springer around 1 and saw my first white blaze. I had a nice lunch on top of Springer and signed the log book. From there I hiked 2.8 more miles to Stover Creek Shelter for the night. Met a bunch of really cool people around the campfire. Everyone out here is so generous and amazing. We gave out some trail names and headed to bed around 9.
Day 3: Another killer day, 18 miles in total. The weather was calling for rain the following day so we decided to push through the bear canister area and into Neels Gap. Still, with the high mileage, it was an awesome day. We received Trail Magic twice, once at Gooch Gap and then some hotdogs at Woody Gap. People are absolutely amazing. Blood Mountain was tough but very rewarding once we got to the top. At the top there was a guy passing out Mountain Dew, so so tasty after a hard climb. From Blood Mountain we basically ran down the side of it in order to catch the last cabin. It was really nice to sleep on a comfortable surface . And 60 bucks for a cabin split 4 ways plus free laundry, I'll take it.
Day 4: Today is definitely a zero day to recover from the high milage from yesterday. My body still feels pretty good, but my knee is hurting a little bit. I don't want to push too hard yet. Plus it is pouring rain today and foggy, so it is a nice day to catch up on things. I apologize if I don't get to everybody's messages today. My service is very spotty and I only get wifi at the main office of this cabin place. Thank you everyone again for all of the love and support! Life is beautiful!