Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Zero Day

Welcome Thru-Hikers

(Phone Message Transcribed by Bethany)

Hello! It’s Tuesday evening, May 8th. Lauren and I are enjoying our time here at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. It’s a beautiful rafting, kayaking, hiking and biking center here on the river in North Carolina. We hiked a relatively short day today, but it was quite steep. We’ve ascended maybe 3000 feet from the gorge. Although it was short I ended up inflaming my I.T. band in my right knee which is not good. Out of responsibility and planning for the rest of the hike, we have decided to take a complete day of rest tomorrow, which is called a zero day in hiker’s terms.

Tomorrow we are planning on doing laundry, hanging out by the river to watch some professional kayakers and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Enjoying the N.O.C.

Typically Lauren and I enjoy pushing ourselves, so it does take quite a bit of self control to make this decision. We are going to adjust our itinerary accordingly, so we should be getting ready to start at the Smokey Mountains later this weekend. We’re looking forward to that! That’s about it for now.

Over and Out


  1. hey guys! sounds like you're doing great. hope the IT band gets better. thinking of you guys. talk to later.


  2. hi guys. sorry i missed your call. glad to hear you are getting some rest!