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I started this morning at Dick's Creek Gap and ended at Bly Gap. It was overall a very rough day. I was almost immediately in pain and I ended up getting a new pain in my right ankle in addition to the knee and heel pain I was already dealing with. I massaged my feet and I'm hoping and praying I can push on 8 more miles tomorrow. Though, I finally am in North Carolina!!
I'm not sure why but I'm feeling so weird about my trail name. I'm sort of regretting accepting it from them. Maybe from now on I'll go by Gump? I shouldn't feel weird about that name since I love that movie so much and people do think I look like Forrest Gump. Maybe getting a Bubba Gump Shrimp hat will complete the look.
I had so much free time at camp tonight that I made a pool at the spring so it was easier to fill up water. Not much later, Rebel Yell and General joined me at camp. We were joined by others I hadn't met such as Stealth Bomber, Cyborg, and Walrus. We had a great night around the fire and laughed for hours. I think it was the most fun I've had on trail yet. As the night wound down a boy scout group joined our camp and have been loud for hours and it's really starting to piss me off since I need my rest for tomorrow.
I'm hoping and praying that my pain goes away.This hike isn't enjoyable with all this pain.