Tri-Corner Knob Shelter

22 May 2017

Mileage
AT – 221.9 miles
Today’s – 15.1 miles
Time – 7.66 hrs
Speed – 1.97 mph

Gburg was nice in a weird sort of way.  The attractions were “carnival like” and I’m not sure why people go there?  But I was glad for the time out of the rain, food, laundry and a real bed.

Since rain was projected this morning, Joiner and I got a late start.  We started hitchhiking from town around 8:30am.  No one was willing to pick us up…even when I showed some leg as they passed by.

It was lots of tourist just heading our way…towards Newfound Gap and Clingman’s Dome.  In fact 2 Missouri trucks passed by and waved.

Then when we finally reached Newfound Gap those Missouri folks come over and wanted to know all about our hike.  How about “you should have picked us up and we could have discussed it on the 15 mile drive!”

However, we scored a great ride with the assistance of Panda.  He had scored a ride to town the day prior BECAUSE of his hat.  A ZPacks sponsored local hiker saw “the hat” and just had to give him a ride.  The local hiker then hooked him up with a return ride the next morning too.

So…as Joiner and I were trying to thumb a ride out of town while in front of the hotel Panda had spent the night, he spots us and asks his driver if there’s room for 2 more. The dude gladly allows us to pile in to his van…the more the merrier.  So we made it back to Newfound Gap in great time to get back on the trail with little pain or delay.  Panda…You Rock. And thanks to our ride…

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We started in the rain, so as usual out came my SnowPeak umbrella.  I’m still having issues with how to connect the umbrella to the pack for best results.   However, I think I have a new idea…I need some velcro straps vs the rubber bands I’m currently using. Hot Springs, I’ll be looking for that when I get there.

Then I saw THIS sign and had to smile.  I’m less than 2,000 miles to Katahdin.

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Under2K2Go…how sweet!

We were glad to hike with Panda up to the first shelter.  Best wishes on your shoes Panda.

We also ran into Rock&Rockette.  It was cool because Joiner hadn’t met them yet and is in-laws are doing the almost exact hike.  Flip flopping their AT thru hike — Harpers Ferry to NY, Springer to HF and finally NY to Katahdin.

We hiked in the clouds today and it was nice with some great views.

Also, I had my first painful accident today!  That slippery rock did me in.  I “tweaked” my lower back and smashed the middle finger on my right hand. I sure hope I didn’t break the finger…it’s starting to slowly swell.  All I know is…It HURTS!

Finally, I have caught up to one of my previous groups from before my break from the trail. The B Group (Birthday, Bushmaster & B-squared group) was at this shelter tonight.

Tomorrow it’s onward to Davenport Gap Shelter or a little further.  We may even leave the GSMNP.  It’s been good hiking in the Smokies, but it’s time to go.  I’ve really enjoyed the trails here and had my biggest miles to date.

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