It was nice to run into you on the trail Rainman. You caught me at a good point on this trip. I even had a smile on for the picture. Wasn't too long after that picture that I started feeling bad. Sweating. More sweating. So much sweat that while I was walking you could hear the squishing sound coming from inside my boots. I was able to ring the water out of my boots when I got to camp the first night. Second day was more of the same with lots of elevation gain and loss.... and sweat loss. Couldn't drink enough water (loss 14 lbs in 2 days of hiking ) . We pulled in to Cane Brake and I determined then that I was not going to make it to Bad Creek Access. Luckily, a buddy's cell phone was able to access the internet where I was able to retrieve Swampfox's phone number and he was able to retrieve me and 3 others by boat. We did have 2 that did complete the hike but they were miserable and got caught in the Sunday storms while hiking out.
I completely agree with you that its better to know when to say when than to push on and risk personal health. My hats off to you for knocking out 62 miles, that is spectacular. However, I most admire your presence to know that its ok to come back and finish at a later date. I now have the small section from Cane Brake Access to Upper Whitewater Falls to complete as well as from HWY 178 to Table Rock. If I am free I might join you for that last section. Keep me posted