Memorable Automobiles from The Past:
Taken at the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, IN
I have eaten a lot of crow in my life time. You know, running one’s mouth about what they
are gonna do, then looking like an idiot when you blow it. Yep, that is me, I’m
getting used to it. LOL
I can spin this, cry and try to explain, but in the end the fact remains: I BIT OFF MORE THAN I COULD CHEW!
I knew the trail was up leaving Hot Springs, but I still put 41 pounds on my back and started. The first mile was so tough I said to myself, keep going, you will get used to it…….. It got worse.
Then one of the hearing devices bit the dust in the humidity. I stopped to remove it and put it in the silica packets. That completed I learned something I never thought could happen. The pack is ONLY 41 pounds and I could not pick it up to put it back on.
I’m thinking of Betty now. In her blog she mentioned applying for a job that required lifting 50 lbs regularly and she turned it down. GOOD FOR HER!
Anyway, it was a shock for me to realize I could lift the 40 pounds but could not maneuver it. I moved it to a stump, put it on the stump, then I could get it back on. Many times I wanted to do a ‘Pack off break’ but did not because there was not a rock, fallen tree or stump the right height. I had to make camp where there was a place to remove and put the pack back on.
(The silica packs did not bring the device back to life, so that was gonna be a problem.)
Our miscommunications: Today I reread our texts. Due to the erratic cell signal, somehow two of her texts came in at the same time, and I only read the next one up actually missing a critical one. I had already decided I could not make 100 miles with this much weight, but in my mind I wanted to make one more day.
Sherry thought I was past Smith gap and at another shelter. She text’d: ‘Hike back to Smith Gap we are leaving ‘now’ to pick you up. See you in a little while.” I was a little confused since I was not at Smith Gap, it was 3.5 miles and mountains away. Fellow hiker Ben said, “At minimum that is a 2 hour hike.” It was 6:15, I think I left at 6:30.
It takes at least 30 minutes to repack, I did not have the time. I was leaving the tent anyway so I also left the sleeping bag, self-inflating air mattress and some food supplies.
Some hikers will enjoy that stuff, and I am back beside my girl who drove hours to shuttle me on a wild goose chase.