<---- I literally looked like this ALL day.
I walked 23 miles today in 30 degree temps, with wind gusts to 40 MPH. NEVER AGAIN. I was so exhausted by the end of the day I couldn't really form a lone a cohesive thought, let alone a sentence.
I never really felt cold, except on my face a little, but I know my body was fighting hard to stay warm and fighting the nasty wind. Luckily it was pretty quite, and I even walked on some dirt road for a bit through a pine tree farm.
The only really annoying, sad part of my day was when these two dogs found me, and just kept following me. One was a mutt, and had a badly broken front leg, the other was a mommy bull dog, dumber than a box of rocks. They kept walking into the road and almost got hit multiple times. The final straw was when a elderly lady nearly hit ME because the stupid bull dog ran right in front of her. I threw sticks, rocks, kicked them, screamed at them, but they wouldn't leave... and people wouldn't stop when I tried to flag hem down. I wanted to get a ride up the road to get away so maybe they would just go home. Finally, the stupid bull dog was standing in the road and forced a woman to stop, I ran up to her car making motions trying to say they were NOT mine and I needed help. She rolled down her passenger window a little and I pretty much begged her for a ride. She finally said yes, and told me to get in the back with her older daughter and dog. When I opened the door, a wall of marijuana-stench filled my nose. Awesome, she's high as a kite. But what choice do I have? So I got in, and she drove me about a half mile down the road and dropped me off, I thanked her profusely, and kept walking.
That was about it... Mike showed up around 5 with all my stuff and we drove into Comer for food and waited for Jim, my host in Athens, to call. He was in jury duty and we didn't really know when he would get off. Turns out they kept him longer than expected, so Mike was kind enough to take me all the way into Athens to a bar Jim said he would meet me at when he got out. We unloaded my cart and I pushed it inside. Jim showed up not too long after that and we had a beer before heading back to his house, and out of this ridiculous cold.
Thank you Mike for everything! You and your family were a huge help and wonderful to be around!