Thank you all for the views, likes, and comments. Knowing you’re all watching keeps me energized to complete this challenging hike.
Spent a glorious hour at the World Famous Hot Springs Spa. I rented a mineral water hot tub overlooking the French Broad River ($15 per hour). Most relaxed and cleanest I’ve been since I started my hike. I’m ready to … Continue reading
26 March 2014 (Day 22) – I found my “hiker legs” somewhere in the GSMNP – I’ve walked four 20+ mile days without any issues. My legs feel strong, pack fits right, and blisters have become calluses. I pushed through … Continue reading
25 March 2014 (Day 21) – I camped alone last night for the first time. The shelter areas where I normally camp are currently filled with spring breakers who are not on the same sleep schedule as long distance hikers. … Continue reading
Foot Update: I’ve had no more foot blisters since buying new hiking shoes in Franklin, NC. I have one blister which stubbornly refuses to heal, but it’s on my pinkie toe and is a nonissue when I hike. All other … Continue reading
24 March 2014 (Day 20) – crossed Max Patch Bald, NC today. This bare mountaintop was once forested; the trees were removed to allow cattle grazing. Now it’s a popular tourist attraction. Always windy, the views are amazing when the … Continue reading
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23 March 2014 (Day 19) – Two miles North of GSMNP on the A.T. lies the Standing Bear Farm Hostel. Being the first hostel offering warm food, hot showers and dry beds after 70 miles in the Smokies, it is … Continue reading
21 March 2014 – I’m halfway through the GSMNP. The weather has been perfect for hiking thus far – sunny, clear, and temperatures in the 50’s. I climbed Clingmans Dome today. This is the highest point on the A.T. at … Continue reading
19 March 2014 (Day 15) – I hiked to Fontana Dam, NC today. This is the AT’s southern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Due to its variable weather, cold nights, and 5000+ elevation, AT thru hikers … Continue reading
17 March 2014 – 2 days of rain, mud, and hiking in wet shoes. The overnight was spent in the warm, dry, welcoming Aquone Hostel. The proprietor, Wiggy, does a great job keeping the hikers comfortable. So, all in all, … Continue reading