Monthly Archives: April 2016

Day 12 on the Appalachian Trail

My hiker neighbors got up early but I snoozed until the sky lightened. I packed up and walked back to the Appalachian Trail and headed mostly downhill to Newfound Gap. Many of the hikers I saw at the shelter were sitting in a giant parking lot waiting for a shuttle to Gatlinburg. A hiker took…
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Day 11 on the Appalachian Trail

Today's long mileage and the steep ups and downs beat me up. I dragged myself to the Mt. Collins shelter and collapsed. The first 6.5 miles to the Derrick Knob shelter didn't look that hard in the guidebook, but were tough. Even the younger hikers labored uphill. As I gained elevation, spruce and fir trees…
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Day 10 on the Appalachian Trail

Last night I discovered that I'd lost my bottle of alcohol for my stove. Thus I waited this morning until 9 am when the store opened. On the positive side, I ate a tasty breakfast burrito for breakfast at the restaurant.  About 9:15 am, I got a ride to the trail and set forth for…
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Day 9 on the Appalachian Trail

When I arrived at Fontana Lodge, I thought I'd arrived in heaven. A classy place where two guys from Georgia dropped me at the front door. My first night off the trail and my first chance to wash my filthy clothes plus shower, eat, and charge electronics. I checked in then walked to the laundromat…
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