2018 AT – Day Twenty – Full Shelter

Monday, 18 June Destination: Tri- Corner Knob Shelter Today’s Miles: 12.6 Start Location: Icewater Spring Shelter Trip Miles: 224.2 Full shelter last night. We fit fourteen in with a capacity of twelve. Family of eight, group of three and three thru hikers including myself. One of the guys snored really loud. Slept in until 6:30…

2018 AT – Day Nineteen – Back to the Trail

Sunday, 17 June – Back to the Trail Destination: Icewater Spring Shelter Today’s Miles: 3.1 Start Location: Newfound Gap Trip Miles: 211.6 Back to the hotel after dinner last night to start packing. Early to bed. Enjoyed a real breakfast and did final packing. Checkout was eleven so I drove back to the trail at…

2018 AT – Day Eighteen – Gatlinburg

Saturday, 16 June – Gatlinburg Destination: Gatlinburg Today’s Miles: 0 Start Location: Gatlinburg Trip Miles: 208.5 Spent the day at the pool and in the outdoor hot tub. Relaxed, resupplied with the boxes Dolora brought and went out to dinner. 2018 Appalachian Trail Album

2018 AT – Day Seventeen – Highest Point on the AT

Friday, 15 June – Highest Point on the AT Destination: Clingmans Dome Today’s Miles:¬†16.4 Start Location: Spence Field Shelter Trip Miles: 208.5 After six last night, an older Polish¬†couple, who currently live in Chicago, came in. They had reservations at Russell Field Shelter but it was closed because of aggressive bear activity. With only two…

2018 AT – Day Sixteen – Mama Bear and Baby Bear

Thursday, 14 June – Mama Bear and Baby Bear Destination: Spence Field Shelter Today’s Miles: 17.8 Start Location: Fontana Hilton Trip Miles: 192.1 Well today I got up close and personal with mama bear. The Smokies are famous for black bears. I hiked into but Great Smoky Mountains National Park early this morning. Around noon,…

2018 AT – Day Fifteen – Fontana “Hilton”

Wednesday, 13 June – Fontana “Hilton” Destination: Fontana Dam Shelter Today’s Miles: 12.8 Start Location: Brown Fork Gap Shelter Trip Miles: 174.3 I slept in a little since today was a shorter day. Spoke with the six guys who stayed at the shelter last night and was hiking at 7:30. Today was relatively easy compared…

2018 AT – Day Fourteen – Up, Up, Up

Tuesday, 12 June – Up, Up, Up Destination: Brown Fork Gap Shelter Today’s Miles: 16.0 Start Location: NOC Trip Miles: 161.5 Lee, Half Ration, came into the bunk house last night. I had met him at Cold Spring Shelter the night before. Just him and I in the bunk house. There were a couple of…

2018 AT – Day Thirteen – Nantahala Outdoor Center

Monday, 11 June – Nantahala Outdoor Center Destination: Nantahala Outdoor Center Today’s Miles: 11.7 Start Location: Cold Spring Shelter Trip Miles: 145.5 It continued to thunderstorm for a while last night followed by on and off rain. Things were pretty wet in the morning. I packed up a wet tent and food bag. I was…

2018 AT – Day Twelve – Balds

Sunday, 10 June – Balds Destination: Cold Spring Shelter Today’s Miles: 15.8 Start Location: Winding Stair Gap Trip Miles: 133.8 To continue the food theme, last evening, Angie, Theresa, Poul and I went to Motor Company Grill for dinner, a pork barbecue and fries. We stopped at the Lazy Hiker Brewery for a beer before…

2018 AT – Day Eleven – Zero Day

Saturday, 9 June Destination: Franklin, NC Today’s Miles: 0 Start Location: Franklin, NC Trip Miles: 118.0 Woke up around seven on a real mattress with sheets and a pillow. Headed to Kountry Kitchen for eggs , sausage and French toast for breakfast. Real bed, real food, nice start to a zero (rest) day. Around ten,…