Mile 164.7 to 274.9

Three weeks in and the trail is amazing. Came out of Fontana Dam and up through the Smokies. The first 2 days were cold and windy, but then the sun came out and had a few great days for hiking.
The kids will laugh but there are a few sections in the Smokies that reminded me of Warrensburg!
There were pine forests and a couple of the balds sent my mind back to climbing the rocks at the North River.
I could see the Fruda kids!
After the Smokies, there is a beautiful river with waterfalls which was a welcome sight as the water sources weren’t too plentiful for 4 days or so.
The trail magic continued both at Newfound Gap- thanks to the First Baptist Church, and again at Max Patch Rd.thanks to 2 electricians who had a truckload of food and drinks.
Stayed at an amazing and quirky place at mile 241, the Standing Bear Hostel. Timing was perfect for the celebration of 4/20!
Next day was a bear as we knew the rain was coming for Saturday so I pushed through for a 20 mile day to Walnut Mountain Shelter with an ascent of over 5200′.
As it seems to be going my last day before a zero was raining, so 4 hours in the rain, but made it to Hot Springs and the Hostel at Laughing Heart Lodge, which is just steps from the trail!
Thanks for all for encouragement and comments guys. They’re very much appreciated and keep me going.
Have been hiking with some great people from all over the World and it’s an amazing journey
Until next week, peace out!!

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Comments 8

  • Jules : Apr 23rd

    Everything reminds you of Warrensburg! haha
    Way to go electricians! Keep the trail magic coming!
    Amazing pictures, love reading all about it!! Love you!

  • Cirwin : Apr 23rd

    Keep on trekking Den. Beautiful country!

  • John Brady : Apr 24th

    Love reading the updates. Keep them coming, enjoy and have a great week.

  • Magdalen Hamilton-Roldan : Apr 24th

    Look forward to reading your post each week. I hope you are enjoying every minute. The scenery is beautiful.

  • Lady : Apr 24th

    Way to go, the pictures are beautiful. Hope you have plenty of waterfalls on this weeks journey.

  • Bryan Russell : Apr 25th

    Keep it going Dennis… Embrace the suck, you’ll be looking back before you know it.

  • Dino : Apr 25th

    Great pics, Dennis! The modern Forrest Gump! Keep up the good work and enjoy it to the fullest. ⭐?⭐

  • Eileen : Apr 26th

    Looks like you are embracing the journey!! Enjoy every minute of your amazing adventure 🙂


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