Highest Shelter — 6,193ft
31 May 2017
Roan High Knob Shelter, Elevation 6,193 feet — Salute!
AT – 377.4 miles
Today – 17.6 miles
Time – 9 hrs
Speed – 1.95 mph
I’m quickly closing in on mile 400! I won’t see if for a few more days…but it’s another big milestone.
On another note…I’m more surprised with my speed today. I’m taking it a LOT slower due to leg and foot pain, but the numbers look like I moving. Also, the hills today were killer…especially the 1.8 miles up Roan Mountain. I didn’t think that climb would ever end.
Once I thought I was finally up the mountain, I came across the Chimney remnant. Little did I realize I still had some uphill remaining. Oh well, it seems like that every day…more steps, hills and climbing than I planned.
When I planned my miles and this stop, I didn’t take into consideration the elevation of this shelter. While it was a very beautiful day of hiking, every switchback turn up Roan Mountain resulted in some cooler temperatures. Now, I’m here with camp setup and I think it’s going to be a cooler than expected night. I got several layers of clothes on…I hope I stay warm.
Also, I keep running into Phantom. He’s trying to catch up to General Hendrix and Cindy Lou Who. I guess the Hot Springs vortex kept him there awhile. Phantom, like the other fellas, was doing BIG miles today. So I probably won’t see him again…but I thought that back at Unicoi Gap GEORGIA!
Here at the shelter, I ran into these two BC Canadians — Indiana Jane (NOBO) and Stacy (LASH). They’te both educated in Natural Resources. Indiana Jane started in Springer a few days before me, but Stacy has only been on trail 3 days. Tomorrow she surpasses her longest hike ever of 4 days. While Indiana Jane is thru hiking, Stacy is only planning a few months. Great gals., great dinner conversation. BTW: their not big fans of bears. Stacy once had a scary encounter up in Canada.
These Canadians are Guthook fans which said a bear was reported in the area within the last 2 weeks. I just hope the bear doesn’t want to visit me to snuggle.
Also, I finally ran into Oero! Joiner and I had always been a day behind him since Fontana Dam according to the log books. He’s doing a LASH. We passed each other a few times today…nice fella from Huntsville, Alabama.
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I’m really glad you didn’t have weather while staying here. Looks like the view was spectacular and good company, too! Keep on keeping on! You amaze me…