Very slow going for me today. 12-14 mile day today from Spence Field Shelter to Silers Bald Shelter, but after about 6 or 8, shin began hurting again where I'd slammed it into a log about 3-4 days ago. Feels mostly like muscle was affected, hurting when I flex my foot up and down. Frequent breaks throughout the day to stretch and get back to hobbling. Ibuprofen seems not to do much for the shin.
Had no warm meals for the week, so I heated up some water and threw instant coffee and chocolate protein mix in. Big mistake. Apparently protein mix in hot water creates curdled mess. Boiled over my stove and made a mess all over everything. Lesson learned. Sleeping in the shelter again, as it's easier not having to tear down my tent and put wet stuff in my backpack with dry stuff. Hoping to get more sleep than last night. Windy and a lot of people moving around.
Should be going up Clingman's Dome tomorrow. The highest point on the trail. Wonder if it will have the same feel as reaching the summit on Mount Washington, having to avoid the cars driving up the road, and numerous annoying tourists.
A sore shin did not make for an enjoyable day of hiking today. Here's to hoping for a more comfortable day tomorrow. Stretching tonight before going to bed. 7:00pm and already in the bag. Odd how things change on the trail. Highlight of the day... Sour Skittles I'd bought a few days ago :)
Thanks for reading!