Back on the trail and fully stocked, after departing the Crazy train to Catawba, I hit the trail hard.
I made it up McAfee in 1:08:46, five of those minutes were breaks.
That’s nearly an average of 3mph, fully loaded (40-42lbs), uphill. I believe that’s close to most people’s rate for speed walking the flat north Texas bike trails where I’m from. There’s no way I could do that just two months ago.
We made dinner and enjoyed the views, being a Saturday, it was a little crowded.
We made camp not far down the back side in a ravine for the night. A night hiker named Tennessee Slim with a husky crashed through and cowboy camped by our fire.
After the sunrise, there’s no question about it. I’m going to have to stay up here all day and play, maybe take a nap after a hot lunch.
It’s places like these that one endeavors to see when do something like hike across the country from peak to peak. If you’re not stopping to really appreciate it, you’re missing out. And I mean stopping long enough to get bored even, and allow your mind to shift and perhaps be inspired.