April 25

Day 26 Spivey Gap to Nolichucky River (11.1 miles) 342.7 miles total

Good day for hiking. Foggy most of hike. Temp in 50’s. I also was able to “slack pack” as was able to leave tent, sleeping bag, food, etc. at hotel as returning tonight. Pack was probably half of normal weight.

Drought in NC/TN mountains officially over. Streams and rivers running fast.

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Having 18 lbs in pack instead of 36 makes navigating obstacles like this easier! At least 3′ in diameter and I sure wasn’t taking the extra steps to walk around!

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The Nolichucky River from up above.

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Uncle Johnny’s Hostel is right at the river where I exited trail. Cool looking place. Lots of younger folks. Shuttle driver picked me up and gave me ride to Super 8!

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Thru-hiker life. Sun came out late afternoon and a trekking pole ball game breaks out in parking lot. Note all the tents, etc. drying in foul territory.


Next destination, Roan Mtn, TN. It’s 51 miles. Hope to be there in 3 days. Weather for tomorrow is supposed to be sunny. 50% chance of thunderstorms Th.

Happy trails!


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