Day 7 went from Tesnatee Gap to Hogpen Gap – .9 mile.
Yep, you read that correctly. Not even a whole mile. This morning, I woke up and started noticing some swelling in my ankle. I believe I irritated a tendon or ligament because I was compensating for the pulled calf muscle because I was compensating for the bruised blisters on the inside of my arch. I feel like I knew I should have taken another zero at Neel Gap, but I just wanted to keep going so badly. And now, I’m suffering the consequences at the Holiday Inn Express in Hiawassee, GA while the rest of my tramily is out hiking.
I called Sally and Joyce from Hogpen Gap where Sally picked me up and brought me into Hiawassee. I got a room, then immediately filled up the tub and soaked. I took the rest of the day off until dinner where I made a .6 mile round trip to McDonald’s for dinner… which made my ankle angry again. I’m taking ibuprofen every 4 hours to try to get the swelling down.
However, during my hike, I did get some great views from Wildcat Mountain.
Okay, another Nero in the books!
Thanks for joining me on Expedition Elizabeth!