LoneGrowth

Day 14 (Mile 137.1 – 152.8):

Taking it slow today.  There is a long incline today coming out of the NOC. I orginally intended to go 10 miles today since my next stop is a post office (only open on the week days), but I ran into these two guys in their 40s maybe that motivated me to keep moving. One of them looks like an older version of a famous actor, Ryan Reynolds.  He though owns a boat building  business in Maine. I do know his real name but he goes by bullet on the trail.  I also know he is not a thru-hiker. He is only heading to Fontana Dam. The other guy is from Slovenia.  I mistook him from Italy b/c of his accent. He knows a lot of American history.  I didn’t catch his name.

The trail had a lot more foilage, animals, and bugs north of the NOC. I very much enjoyed all of the smells throughout the day too. I am thinking it is because everything south of the NOC has been scarred from the forest fires last year in the Fall.  I was suprised to see my first Timber Rattle Snake on the trail this morning.

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There was this one section of these beautiful tall trees my last two miles today, although to my surprise, each tree had to have hundreds of ticks all over them. I really need to start putting on deet before I leave in the mornings now.  Ticks in my opinion are the most dangerous things you can encounter on the trail.

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