Day 25 entering the Smokies on 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-hike

Saturday 06 May

Distance: 10.6 km

Elevation levels according to Guthook app: total ascent 808.5m, total descent 227m

Mountains climbed: none


The other day when I hit the Fontana Dam shelter at 265km I had officially walked further than I have ever walked before. I just can’t believe the difference between 250 km over Christmas doing the great South West walk in 13 days, and covering the same distance over 25 days! 


A few of us took a zero in one of the Nantahala Cabins which was fantastic. However it looked like rain on the second day so Betty Crocker, Butter Bear, Dash, Barber and Imposter took another zero today in the beautifully warm cabin where they will have great food plenty of good conversation and soothing hot tub sessions.

I hear the call of the Trail though so I set off for the Smokies. 

Yesterday we went to papas pizza and it was all you can eat. We ate all we could, but didn’t have that bloated overfull feeling, it just took a lot to feel full – I wonder if this is the hiker hunger everyone talks about?

It has turned out to be a beautiful day after threats of rain and it is exhilarating to be back in the bush.


I’m only going about 6 miles today and camping at the last official tent site as I want to try and avoid the more heavily used shelters, targeting those I don’t hear much about – not sure it will work but it’s worth a try.

I am in for some great scenery over the next few days if this is anything to go by,


The legs felt wooden after a day off and my resupplied pack felt like it weighed a ton! Took me about three hours to get used to everything again. I have enough food to get to Hot Springs as I want to go straight through.

The campsite is really tranquil and so lush. As I was sitting by the fire ring, there was a big gust of wind and mist came in from nowhere.


Ahh…back on the trail again…feeling relaxed 😊

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