I've been pushing hard lately and my body's starting to feel worn out. With anything I think there are re-evaluation phases and I feel like I'm in one of those right now. I'm homesick, I miss my girlfriend and I hurt a lot. I hobble out of my sleeping bag every morning in the freezing cold and walk like I'm sixty years older for an hour or two after my knees loosen up a little. The views are amazing, but amazingly all very much the same. I'm currently in Fontana Village and it's a complete dead zone for cell service, which is most definitely what I look forward to most about being in civilization. I'm about to head out into the Smokies tomorrow, and the terrain and weather is intimidating. I just want the Smokies behind me. I need to figure out if hiking the whole trail is something of utmost importance to me. I've been out of my comfort zone for over two weeks now, and I am surviving but I'm missing everything about what my life was.
I feel like my body aches will always be there and that it will just be something I will have to deal with. I know the terrain will ease after the Smokies and especially once I get into Virginia, so I have that to look forward to. The weather will warm up and I can get rid of some of this weight I have to carry on my back too, which will be nice. It will get easier.
I knew these rough patches would come, and I figured that I would have to deal with all of these things that I'm dealing with. So at least I anticipated it. I will be hitting the highest point on the entire Appalachian Trail in three days, Clingmans Dome, and after that, its all down hill from there, haha, right?
And even though I am struggling a bit, I'm proud of myself for being out here and putting one foot in front of the other. Every day is an accomplishment. I'll see yall after the Smokies probably! Love yall