We got dropped off back at the trail by 11:30 and it was gorgeous out. Sunny and 40s. Since it was almost lunch time, I only hiked a little while before stopping and eating my leftover pizza, which was extra delicious on the trail. I got down to short sleeves for a little while today but the wind was still cold so back to long sleeves for most of it. My knee was still bothering me this morning so I took some ibuprofen and put some kinesio tape on it, although I doubt I did it correctly. I’m not sure how much either of those helped me, it was still sore all day. On the more gradual uphills was the only time I didn’t feel it but downhills and flats hurt. I did a slow 9 miles, pulling into camp at Bly Gap around 4:30. There are a lot of people camped here and I ran into some familiar faces and some new ones.

The big news of the day is that I am now in North Carolina! One state down! Hopefully the weather will be improving now too.

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