Today, I hiked about 18.5 miles to the Rutherford Shelter, where I set up my tent.
Today, the trail was still very rocky. I think the rumors of less rock are false. Not that it matters, as I will take on whatever is in front of me anyways. The trail looked like it should have been easy on paper, but it just seemed harder for some reason.
A few hours into the hike a few of us hitched into town to get some breakfast. It reduced our miles for the day, but miles are not everything and it takes calories to do miles. So win win.
Hiked a lot of rocky ridges today and had a lot of great views. The trail was gently rolling. Water was pretty sparse, but made do.
Came across a stagnant pond that looked black from a distance. Upon closer inspection it was filled with millions of tadpoles. It was pretty wild.
Once I got to camp, I took my shoes and socks off. My right big toe was red. Turns out I must have popped a capillary or something it in today. It was fine when I started the day. It does not hurt, whatever happened.