March 21, 2000

Nantahala Outdoor Center (noc), NC 6 Miles Hiked Today 134 of 2167 Miles Hiked Total

Yonk at the NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) Injured! Woke up this morning and my shin splint was no better. "Yonk" and "Heart Magic" hiked out with me (5.8 miles) at my pace. I actually kept good time for being injured. My left quadricep was also acting up, probably because I was leaning hard on that side to keep weight off the right. Anyway, I am staying here tonight (unplanned) and getting a ride (hitch or shuttle) tomorrow to Fontana. Fontana was supposed to be my next stop over so mail is going there. I will rest thru Friday morning and assuming my leg is better start into Great Smoky Mountains NP. If its not better...who knows. I'll cross that bridge Friday morning. The leg is part of the 80% of things in life you can't control, so why stress? I know I'm having the adventure of a lifetime and am meeting incredible people, so what use is there. More to come...


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