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Day 14: 100 Miles Down!

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A couple of people in our group stopped at the previous shelter, so we talked about stopping early today to let them catch up. However, I got an early start to the day and the first 8 miles flew by and I made it to Carter Gap Shelter at lunch time. There I discovered a 3 inch tear in the toe of my right boot. I remember tripping over a root on the trail. It must have ripped a hole. Luckily, there is a boot whisper at Franklin, so I guess Iíll get new boots there. That in combination with the time I decided to push on the Betty Creek Gap. However, when I got there I didnít like the set up of the campsite. Usually there is an open space around a centralized campfire, but this place had a trail that shot off to little campsites. I wigged out and decided to push on another 5 miles to Long Branch Shelter. Hopefully Iíll eventually gain the confidence to camp by myself, but right now Iím enjoying the social aspect. It was a hard time up Albert Mountain. There were a couple points I had to throw my poles up to be able to scramble up a rock face, but I made it to the top and hit the 100 mile mark! Made it into camp shortly after 6, making it my longest day so far. 16.3 miles. Definitely need to stick with 10-12 for now. Thankfully, I just shortened my day for tomorrow where Iíll go into Franklin for rest and resupply.
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Updated 04-13-2021 at 17:30 by aklarsen11

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