Tough day walking around with shin splints in my left leg. Two schools of thought among hikers: walk it out and take it somewhat easy, or take some downtime to let it recover. I've heard that shin splints are the result of overuse, so I would think taking downtime would be the best, but I decided to take it easy. Ended up doing 18 miles to Brown Mountain Creek Shelter. Got there around 5 and decided to call it quits for the day. Met the section hiker Uncle Knoll and had fun chatting with him. Caveman, Leebob, and Skunkape came in later.
Slept in the shelter when it started to rain. No wet tent for this guy! Rained all night!