August 22

Day 145 US 2 to Mt Success Tentsite (14.7 miles) 1906.2 miles total

Not that much easier hiking today. Guess I was expecting bigger change from Whites. Still crossed 3 Mtn peaks. At 3500′, about 2000′ less elevation than most in Whites.

That 14.7 miles took me about 9.5 hrs so still tough going. Lots of large rocks that are difficult to navigate.

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Physical aches and pains are piling up. Nothing too bad. Feet are always sore. Toes have been tingly since about second week. Both knees now sore pretty regularly. Think worn out from all the large step ups and downs required to mountaineer the Whites. Elbow I fell on in PA still a bit tender. Guessing I cracked bone because lump there and don’t like bumping it. Thumbnail smashed in fall in VA now coming off.

Other than that, I’m a pillar of health!

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Stopped short of ME by 1.5 miles. Could see rain coming when at top of Mt Success. I’m tenting 0.1 mile from top of mountain. Got tent set up right before first drops. Don’t like tenting this close to top of a mtn but am in a pretty protected spot.

Thunderstorm started about 9PM. Pretty noisy up here. Rain, but not too hard.

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Hoping to be in Andover, ME in 2 days. It’s about 37 miles so will be stretching.

Happy trails!

4 thoughts on “August 22

  1. Don’t be pushing yourself so hard. You are coming close to the finish line but you don’t HAVE to be done by the 7th or 8th. Hopefully you will be out of tough mountain climbs soon. You just need to relax and not think about how many miles you can make. I know that is hard for you. Enjoy the rest of the AT and know what you have accomplished. Stay safe. Love from, MOM

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  2. “Physical aches and pains are piling up. Nothing too bad. Feet are always sore. Toes have been tingly since about second week. Both knees now sore pretty regularly. Think worn out from all the large step ups and downs required to mountaineer the Whites. Elbow I fell on in PA still a bit tender. Guessing I cracked bone because lump there and don’t like bumping it. Thumbnail smashed in fall in VA now coming off.”

    JEEZ, I wouldn’t be putting that in any dating site bio! LOL

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  3. This sort of constant complaining is probably why Hupke didn’t split you out!

    Actually, you’ve been quite Job-like in not complaining about your aches and pains. Your “old man” walk before shouldering your pack made me wonder how you would do that day but then you’d knock off another 15 – 20 miles. When the pack is on, you’re all about that day’s goals. Pretty tough.

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  4. I know you’re looking forward to r&r at home by the pool and just hanging!!! You’ve done great Jeff and we’re all super impressed and proud of your determination and fortitude!!!!

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