Day 3

This day started at 3 a.m. when Norman said “uh guys, we’ve got bears!” they shook the trees our bear lines were on and my cheap ass Walmart bag snapped right at the buckle and fell into the mouths of three hungry, relentless bears. These bears were not afraid of us and ate all my food. They continued to circle us until daylight, leaving Bob and I up tending the fire and trying to scare them off when they’d come close. They were big and didn’t want to leave! Thankfully, I had a ride down to Helen for groceries and some trail magic before I left to make it easier! After coming back, there were a ton of tough climbs and relentless sun and humidity. After 7 more miles I was toast. It was a short day and I was dehydrated, sunburned, and exhausted. Hoping for a better day 4!

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