That is me, wet, dirty and cold but still smiling, at the Brown Fork Shelter. Wooly took the picture.
AT miles hiked today: 11.5
Total AT miles hiked: 164.6
I am staying back by Stecoah Gap, at the Cabin In The Woods, which Sir Packs a Lot recommended. Donna came and shuttled Craisin, Houdini and I from the Post Office/General Store area at Fontana Village, where I picked up my bounce box and got ice cream. Donna made us spaghetti and garlic bread and salad and she is making us breakfast in the morning. We got a cabin together and shared the cost of the shuttle, so it was pretty cheap for all of us. It's after 10 and Houdini is cooking up extra food that he bought and doesn't want to carry, while Craisin is on the floor in his sleeping bag.
We have ambitious plans for the Smokies, in an attempt to complete them in time to get to Trail Days. I think I can do it, even several days in a row of 12-13 mile days. I was done with my miles today by 1:30. It will be a stretch, for sure, but I think it's a good time to increase my miles, and I can rest and zero at Trail Days. Well, at least I won't be hiking, so my legs will rest.