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    • It was good to see Bo Peep again for a CT hike; she's not as slow as she thinks she is.

      I had done this section (Soddy Gorge South) twice before, once in fall, once in winter. This was my first time out with leaves on the trees, and it definitely makes a difference! Felt like a totally different hike, which scratches my itch for novelty.

      I'm now at 126+ miles on the CT, with mostly long (shuttle and/or backpack) sections to go.

      Spotted some graffiti in a rockhouse. I usually find it upsetting/disappointing, but this one wasn't so bad - it appears to have been made with shale (not spray-paint) and had a good message: "Read ... Think ... Repeat".
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      It was good to see Bo Peep again for a CT hike; she's not as slow as she thinks she is.

      I had done this section (Soddy Gorge South) twice before, once in fall, once in winter. This was my first time out with leaves on the trees, and it definitely makes a difference! Felt like a totally different hike, which scratches my itch for novelty.

      I'm now at 126+ miles on the CT, with mostly long (shuttle and/or backpack) sections to go.

      Spotted some graffiti in a rockhouse. I usually find it upsetting/disappointing, but this one wasn't so bad - it appears to have been made with shale (not spray-paint) and had a good message: "Read ... Think ... Repeat".
      I think the scribe should read, think, and repent :D
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      BP and I did Eagle Bluff section yesterday. Equal parts rewarding and challenging.

      In warm weather (it was 80s yesterday) you may need more than 2L of water - I sure did, thanks to the elev gain and lack of breeze. There aren't that many spots to get water either. It's 11.7 mi long; waterfall at MM 2.7 (picture # 2218) and then nothing filterable until MM 8.8, a stream that was barely a trickle (and is reputed to often disappear in summertime).

      It's quite overgrown in several long stretches. Where it's not overgrown, the trail often follows a rocky spine that can be surprisingly narrow with steep drop-offs on one or both sides (pix 2227, 2239, 2240). Getting down from the ridge trail quickly in a t-storm would be hard to do.

      Some great views to be had, though, such as from Devil's Racetrack (pix #2221, 2223) and Eagle Bluff (2233 - what an entrance, eh?, 2234). Since it's an up and down and up hike, you can sometimes look back on previous peaks (2246).

      Saw several turtles, newts, a black snake, hawks, and a turkey. Might have scared a bear off the trail - saw fresh scat soon after hearing some animal scampering away from us through the brush.

      It's quite the physical challenge - much elevation gain and loss, substantial distance, the trail's conditions/composition, and the heat of course.
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      It was muggy and buggy and tons of fun. A few more pics...craziness.

      The snake scared the crap out of me. Look closely to see his head.

      I lost my glasses. Thank goodness they were my spares (that I could barely see out of.)
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      In life there are no limitations. Except stupidity. If you're stupid, you're screwed.

      Stephan Pastis

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