2018 AT – Day Thirty Seven – Good Luck Continues

Thursday, 5 July

Destination: Iron Mountain Shelter Today’s Miles:16. 0
Start Location: Boots Off Hostel – Shook Branch Road

Breakfast was supposed to be at seven with coffee β˜• available before that. The hostel staff was a little slow 🐒 moving after their late night with fireworks πŸŽ† and drinking 🍺. Coffee β˜•, donuts 🍩, cereal and a banana 🍌 made for a good start. Got hiking a little later than I planned, eight.

It was already sunny 🌞 and humid. I spent half the morning going around Watauga Lake before heading up. I think today was as warm as yesterday and maybe more humid. The climbs were not particularly long or steep but the heat πŸ”₯ sapped my energy. I only saw one northbound section hiker today. He also seemed to be struggling with the temperature. I was not really in a hurry today. Maybe because I am almost to Damascus. I tried to enjoy the time left outdoors. I saw another doe and my second snake today.

My luck πŸ€ with rain πŸ’¦ changed! I got to the shelter about four, after a fifteen minute stop for water. Not thirty seconds after I got to the shelter, it started to rain. It has not rained hard but has been on and off with thunder in the distance. I am staying in the shelter, Iron Mountain Shelter, tonight. No fun packing up a wet πŸ’¦ tent β›Ί. As of about six, I am the only one here. The rain has cooled things off a bit. It is comfortable. Tomorrow is my last full day on the trail πŸ˜₯. Saturday, DoloraπŸ’˜meets me in Damascus.

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