Tuesday October 3, 2017
Nantahala Outdoor Center, NC 13.5 miles
Total mileage 2052.8
I ate at a local diner for dinner last night. The food was OK by hiker standards. It fills the belly with the much needed calories. I started the morning off with a breakfast sandwich from a different diner. It was really good and held me for pretty long.
Most of the trail I am finishing up with I have already done before. Some if it I remember some of it I don’t. I am also doing it southbound where last time I did it northbound so it does look different.
The weather has been unbelievable for hiking. The days are gorgeous and the trail has been beautiful. I maybe singing a different tune tomorrow. I have a huge climb out of the NOC in the morning as well as some other bigger climbs later in the day. Hopefully it will go better than I think it will.
Jim and I stayed here a couple of years ago. We were the only 2 in a bunkroom for four. This time HOOTIE and I are in a bunkroom for 2 and it is tiny. I took the top bunk (which I never do) because HOOTIE paid for the room and I made him ride in the back of the truck on our last shuttle from Fontana on a freezing cold morning. So I figured he deserved the better end of this deal.
Today I am thankful for cell phone service. I got to talk to Jim today. A lot of the areas I have been in are pretty remote and even though I am in a town sometimes I still don’t have service.