Into Fontana Dam

18 May 2017

AT – 165.6 miles
Today’s – 6.7 miles
Time – 3.5 hrs
Speed – 1.91mph


A GREAT Day!  I got up early and felt good.  The humidity was stifling, but the morning uphills were manageable.

I thought I was hiking fast until Joiner flew past me.  WOW was he pushing it.


When I arrived at the Fontana Hilton at 1030,  he’d already been there an hour and he started 3 miles back on the trail.  Now that’s killing it with a 10 miles before 10am day.

I then took a quick shower, but have too say — the hot shower was nice however someone is not doing their job when it comes to cleaning.   Take a look for yourselves.


Then Joiner and I caught the shuttle to Fontana Village for lunch, laundry and resupply.  At the restaurant, we ran into a crew Joiner had seen before and was at Cable Gap with me last night.  We all had lunch together.

Then it was just a lounging afternoon in town watching a Z event and doing laundry. Lots of Nissan Zs here, but I really appreciated this one.


Then it was back to the shelter for dinner…I had two microwave burritos from the General Store.  Much cheaper than my lunch of a burger and fries.  BTW It wasn’t White Grill!

I then ran some figures on money spent so far — the numbers don’t look good.  This Thru Hiking isn’t cheap to live with few amenities and hike crazy steep hills.  Good thing myWife isn’t keeping track or she’d put me on a budget diet lickity split.  For example, this 3 day resupply cost $41…highway robbery.  I think I dropped almost $100 during my half day in Fontana Village and I didn’t do anything.

Tomorrow starts my Great Smokey Mointain National Park hike.  I’m excited and worried.  A big long hill starts the first day…all day long!

Wish me luck on the GSMNP ADVENTURE.  72 miles in 8 days.  Ready or not here I come.

BTW the views here at Fontana Lake are beautiful.  This may be a place I come back to.



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Comments 1

  • Progress : May 22nd

    That Joiner is cute. 🙂


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