Woke up early anxious to get back on trail. Four and a half days off, was wayyy to many. It was ridiculous, but my legs are back up to 100% recharged and ready to go. Hit the trail running, to keep the expected finish date within reach. To finish on Dec. 7th, I would have to average 34 miles a day. With two resupplies it is going to be really difficult, but I must try. My parents are driving down from Minnesota today to pick me up. It is like a race to the finish line at Springer Mountain. Had some beautiful 360 degree views on Bald Mountain. Hiked a half hour in the dark before reaching HogBack Ridge Shelter. Nice little shelter, but I saw a few mice running around. Hopefully the mice won’t keep me up tonight. I’m shooting for Hot Springs tomorrow, so a good night’s rest is crucial.