Day 27 Nolichucky River to Apple Orchard (21.5 miles) 364.2 total miles
Nice, sunny day. Hiking by 9:30. Ran into some trail magic about 9 miles in. Brother Tom had lemonade, sweet iced tea, brownies, and some really good banana bread. One of the best things with trail magic is being able to sit in a chair! Brother Tom keeps a guest book and told me last year he served 1300+ hikers.
Still amazed by the big views and the abundance of protected mountain and forest areas. I am not a “tree hugger” but we, as a country, need to keep these areas protected from development.
I am starting to develop a trail name. I don’t believe one should give them self a nickname, as probably 75% of people out here do. Introduce myself as Pete. When they ask what my trail name is, I respond “Just Pete”. Some people now calling me Just Pete.
Got in another 20+ mile day. Get pretty tired and sore by end of day but feels really good to finish! Camping by myself at old apple orchard. There are at least a dozen old apple trees still here. They are in blossom now.
Sleeping in tent without rain fly on for first time. Can look straight up from sleeping bag to stars. Big Dipper is straight over my head and is very big and bright.
Will try to do another 20 miles tomorrow.