2018 AT – Day Thirty – Rain, Rain, Go Away

Thursday, 28 June Destination: Uncle Johnny’s Hostel – Erwin, TN Today’s Miles: 16.8 Start Location: Bald Mountain Shelter Trip Miles: 345.0 It got windy 💨 after the rain 💧 stopped last evening. I thought that would dry out the trail for the morning. A thunderstorm ⚡ started about four in the morning and lasted until…

2018 AT – Day Twenty Nine – Bald Mountain Shelter

Wednesday, 27 June Destination: Bald Mountain Shelter Today’s Miles: 7.7 Start Location: v Sam’s Gap – Mother Marion’s Hostel Trip Miles: 328.2 The forecast for today was for more thunderstorms this afternoon. My original plan was to hike thirteen miles to a campsite. Not wanting to pack up a wet tent again, the plan changed…

2018 AT – Day Twenty Eight – More Rain

Tuesday, 26 June Destination: Sam’s Gap Today’s Miles: 11.2 Start Location: Flint Mountain Shelter Trip Miles: 320.5 Under 150 miles left until Damascus. It was not a good decision to tent last night. There were only two people in the shelter with room for eight. About four in the morning the rain started. It thundered…

2018 AT – Day Twenty Seven – Walking in the Rain

Monday, 25 June Destination: Flint Mountain Shelter Today’s Miles: 17.3 Start Location: Log Cabin Road Trip Miles: 309.3 Three hikers who were at Elmer’s Sunny bank on Friday came on last evening during the thunderstorm ⚡. They were planning a shuttle back to Hot Springs because they said the forecast was for rain all day….

2018 AT – Day Twenty Six – Hemlock Hollow Inn

Sunday, 24 June Destination: Hemlock Hollow Inn – Log Cabin Road Today’s Miles: 16.3 Start Location: Hot Springs, NC Trip Miles: 292.0 My breakfast plans fell through when I found out the diner was closed on Sunday. The other restaurants did not open until eight or later. I picked up some canned peaches 🍑 and…

2018 AT – Day Twenty Five – Roughing It In Hot Springs

Saturday, 23 June Destination: Hot Springs, NC Today’s Miles: 0 Start Location: Hot Springs, NC Trip Miles: 275.7 Today was a zero mile rest day. I did not sleep well. It may have been the ice tea with a late dinner 🍴. I have not been getting my usual caffeine while hiking so I may…

2018 AT – Day Twenty Four – Hot Springs

Friday, 22 June Destination: Hot Springs, NC Today’s Miles: 13.1 Start Location: Walnut Mountain Shelter Trip Miles: 275.7 It rained from two until seven yesterday. I was warm, dry and cozy on my tent. Rather than take my stove and food down to the shelter and cook, I had a Clif bar and dark chocolate…

2018 AT – Day Twenty Three – Rain

Thursday, 21 June Destination: Walnut Mountain Shelter Today’s Miles: 13.1 Start Location: Groundhog Creek Shelter Trip Miles: 262.6 A few items to add from last night. The older couple and a young girl had spent several days at Standing Bear Hostel and actually liked it. I guess it depends on what you are looking for….

2018 AT – Day Twenty Two – Out of the Smokies

Wednesday, 20 June Destination: Groundhog Creek Shelter Today’s Miles: 10.5 Start Location: Davenport Gap Shelter Trip Miles: 249.5 Well, Little Dance showed up last night around seven. It was just him and I in the shelter. I was out by 6:45, he was still asleep. I am glad to be out of the Smokies and…

2018 AT – Day Twenty One – Halfway

Tuesday, 19 June Destination: Davenport Gap Shelter Today’s Miles: 14.8 Start Location: Tri- Corner Knob Shelter Trip Miles: 239.0 Passed the halfway point of my hike today. Two hundred forty of four hundred seventy done. Feeling good and looking forward to the rest as well as getting back home. Late evening last night, a hiker…