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I was overly eager and have an ego. I thought I could haul ass and make great time on day one. In fact I did, but at great expense. My whole body was completely shot and I had blisters. I told Dan it wasn't day one I was worried about, it was day two.
It turns out that after ibuprofen, a crapload of protein and a good night's sleep I was recharged and ready to rock. Even still, I didn't know what I would be able to handle after that first day, but day two proved to be the most glorious of days. We upped the mileage to 22, didn't have to fight thought a scorching sun and walked through three different ecosystems. What a blissful day. To top it off, we have adopted two hikers into our merry gang.
As our day came to a close, or so we thought, we got kicked out of our campsite by a park manager or something and were forced to commence our first night hike. While it wasn't something I was terribly excited about, it wasn't bad at all, minus my aching feet. A clearing for four presented itself and it was decided that tents were not needed tonight. What a day, what a day.
miles hiked: 20
snakes seen: 3
bee stings aquired: 1
fun had: not quantifiable. So much.
Getting thrown into this adventure is like most akin to the beginning of studying abroad for me, but with hardcore physical activity involved.
The southern terminus made me smile so much. The moment of arriving didn't let me down.
Two trail names got doled out around dinner tonight. Looks like I'm Pedicure. Figures.