Wendy here with a third update from the trail. We have stopped for the day at Lance Creek which is settled roughly 2 miles south of the beginning of bear canister section. The combination of the inconvenience of the canister purchase (which you need for only 5.5 miles of trail) and the horrible shelter placement led to a busy campsite. We got in around 4:30 after hiking the entire day in heavy rain.
Today was a physical victory for me despite the poor conditions. I was able to focus more and use my hiking poles in order to help my frequent need for stops during ascents. This also let me knee have a nice relaxing day which was a nice change.
We will be taking a nice slow day of 7+ miles tomorrow. We will be summiting Blood Mountain and crossing into Neels Gap. We will be spending the night at the hostel to avoid the need for a bear canister along with resupplying, showering, and doing laundry! Hopefully tomorrow will be a nice change from the two hard days in a row!
With sore legs and much love,
Alex AKA Wendy
PS- sorry for no pictures, we couldn't risk getting any electronics wet!