Day 18 Pecks Corner Shelter to Pigeon River (21.7 miles) 238.7 total miles
Tented last night next to “Butter”. Hiked SOBO (ME to GA) couple of years ago. Now going NOBO! He’s about mid 60’s. Told him I definitely wouldn’t be doing the both ways thing!
Hike today was mostly downhill leaving the Smokies. Rained pretty good for about an hour and half this AM and poured for half hour mid-afternoon.
Don’t know name of lake in distance below. Maybe Mrs. Johnson’s 6th grade class in Groton, SD can figure it out. Probably west and about 10 miles north of Gatlinburg, TN. I’m guessing part of TN Valley Authority.
Green leaves on trees! Big difference at lower elevation (1700 ft).
Got 2 miles outside GSMNP when thunder decided I should look for campsite. Got room with river view. Also spent 15 minutes with my feet soaking in river. Felt really good after long hike.
34.7 miles to Hot Springs, NC for some R&R. Much deserved, if I may add! Supposed to be on and off rain for next 2 days. Hoping it’s mostly off!