5/11 Greasy Creek Gap (12) and Noro.

May 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Well, today I got Noro, just to change things up a little, so we hiked 12 miles fairly slowly after all of our grand planning to do more. We woke up to rain but that was OK because we’ve become very adept at packing up the tent while wet. But suddenly I didn’t feel as fantastic as I did yesterday. I decided it was sympathy nausea or anemia or vengeance from my body for eating poptarts for breakfast, but Mark was pretty convinced I had Noro. I brushed off his concern and even looked him in the eyes and denied my nausea when we crossed a major road and he asked me again how I felt. Four miles later, of course, I sat down and couldn’t get up. I admitted to feeling awful and the rain immediately turned into a downpour. Fortunately, Mark jumped into action and got the tent up and me dry just in time for the worst part of the bug to kick in. He also helped me scramble out to throw up while we both slid in the slick mud. Greasy Creek is definitely living up to its name. On the bright side, we ended up with a very private camping spot despite all the hikers we saw. All you have to do is say Noro and you will witness the back of everyone’s pack as they hastily retreat.
So far, in our grand effort to hike into Damascus, we have consistently been wet and cold or vomiting. We will see how tomorrow goes.

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This is basically what Tennessee has looked like for a week. We hear the views are beautiful though.