The 1st of June
1 June 2017
AT – 393.7 miles
Today’s – 16.3 miles
Time – 9 hrs
Speed – 1.81 mph
Made it to Roan Mtn TN…population 1,500, Salute!
Today’s my 31st Wedding Anniversary. I’m a blessed man to have a wife like mine! She’s always up for an adventure and this thru hike is no different. Thank you Betty…love and miss you!
What a view at this Barn Shelter! Well worth the stop.
During the lunch stop, Grade School (wearing her grade school shorts while hiking) decides to make pancakes. It worked out! Hiker injinuity at it’s finest.
However, the what I thought was a downhill day turned into many (many) hills. Including a big one called Hump Mountain. There was little hump and a BIG HUMP. BUT the views were awesome.
Then as I come off trail onto Hwy 19E and my plan was to stay at Mountain Harbor Hostel. However, on my road hike, up pulls this guy….David Magee from Doe River Hiker Rest (facebook.com/doeriverhikerrest) He offers me a Coke, a piece of pizza and a ride to town as well as a place to stay for the night. However, since I still needed to coordinate a visit with friends, I remained undecided. After he dropped me off at Bob’s Dairyland and I had a LARGE Chocolate shake, my mind was made up. This guy was too nice NOT to stay at his hostel. A quick call and he was back for the pickup. A nice quiet hostel with shuttles to town…just what the hiker needed.
So my hat is off to Doe River Hiker Rest!
Finally, I got to see some GREAT friends tonight. Who knew I’d be passing through their town of Roan Mtn TN. Emily Ward and Dustin Pugh hooked me up with dinner at Smoky Mountain Bakery for brick oven pizza AND a quick stop by the Dollar General for a resupply. It’s the little things like this Trail Magic that makes the tough miles bearable. We even video chatted with Bill in DC. He was supposed to be the other half of my hiking team. However, he’s at work while I am making my way to Katahdin. Wish you were here Bill!
I owe you two 😁 and a BIG Thanks for the support.
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Ahhh 143. And what a neat barn!