We are currently at a hostel in Elk Park, NC/Roan Mtn, TN at mile 1791.4 on day 118. And thank God we are in a hostel, because it is in the 30s and we are at a lower elevation (2,000 feet). I can only imagine what it is like up there in the mountains … But we will find out Sunday night when we are camping at 6,000 feet. Anyways, we are here with 5 other SOBOs/section hikers/flip floppers. The most hikers we’ve seen in a hostel since New Hampshire! We are all happy to be inside tonight. Pictured below, fellow SOBO Fern Toe & her cake she made on a real stove instead of the fire.
So we have done 71 miles in Tennessee in 4 days. Tomorrow, we will enter North Carolina. Then renter Tennessee. Then North Carolina. And so on. This goes on for 153.6 miles and then another 72 miles in Great Smokey Mountain National Park, where we walk the state borders basically. Then there’s 87.6 miles in North Carolina alone. And then we enter Georgia! But I’m getting too far ahead of myself.
Tennessee has been great. It is like we are walking into fall. And beauty. We’ve seen 3 bear! My biggest gripe about TN … No privies! So I’ve had to dig 2 holes already!! Deal, of course, has dug double my amount. We also met Bob Peoples, a legend on the trail. He has 9 cats and one of them looked like McKinley, only a few pounds lighter!!
For example, Ridley (Misti, my best commenter on the blog) & Panther, who thru hiked last year, sent us a surprise package to Damascus full of goodies, including some gourmet meals!
And just because I don’t know when we’ll have service again, here is the info for our LAST mail drop:
Patrice and/or Justin La Vigne
C/O The Hike Inn
3204 Fontana Road
Fontana Dam, NC
Please hold for SOBO Thru Hiker
ETA October 13
389.6 miles to go people!!! 23 days!