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Friday, May 27, 2011
Awesome day! I woke at 6 and was on the trail at 7...the first to leave camp! My foot was pretty stiff in the morning but loosened up throughout the day and didn't give me nearly as much pain as yesterday. I made the 12.6 miles to Matts Creek Shelter for lunch by 12:30 and everyone else showed up...no matter how early I leave, everyone always catches me! Tomahawk was at the shelter as well; we haven't seen him for over a week now so that was exciting! After lunch we only had 3.9 miles to go, including the crossing of the James River Footbridge, the longest foot traffic only bridge on the trail. It's a thru-hiker tradition to jump off the bridge into the river...I've been wanting to do it since I started the trail, and Veto agreed to do it as well. So, jump we did! The bridge was about 25 feet up from the water...the highest I've ever jumped! Veto went first and after I psyched myself up I jumped as well. I held my nose but the force of the landing blew my arm upward so it didn't do any good. The water was cold but felt sooo good on such a hot day. It was a long swim back to shore but I made it and was full of adrenaline! So exciting! While we were getting packed up, we were under a bridge and a train went over...it came out of nowhere and was so loud! Neat to be under it though. The final two miles to Johns Hollow Shelter were hot, even with wet clothes and hair! And, some other exciting news...Muffin Man caught us today! He's been doing huge miles and finally made it back. It's good to have him back with us; now we just need Shepherd! I'm tenting again so I should get a good night's sleep again. Tomorrow is another big day: 18.3 miles, and then resupply in Buena Vista on Friday.
Posted by Lindsey at 11:02 AM