Day 15: Locust Cove to Fontana Village
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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Fast fact: thruhikers need to eat up to 6000 calories per day to make up for losses to hiking and staying warm. That's a lot of snickers bars!
Today we woke up to a wet camp. My sleeping bag got a bit wet with condensation and tent leakage... Not the best of starts. The weather was supposed to clear today but that didn't happen. It was rainy all day and all we did was walk through the clouds. Actually it must be a bit like having cataracts. Everything is cloudy and you don't notice until it suddenly clears for a bit...
The trail was squishy squishy the whole way, lots of close calls slipping on rocks and stuff, but caught myself each time with the poles. Also found out my rain pack cover stinks and lets water through like a sieve
We were going to stop after 12 miles at Cable Gap shelter but it was only 4pm and "Castor" and "Sonic" were passing through and going all the way to Fontana. We went with them and so today was 17 miles, my biggest yet. Legs are screaming but hoping to mend overnight! We are staying at the Fontana resort lodge, which is super luxurious... They have a big fireplace in the lounge. I felt really out of place all muddy and smelly. Luckily there are lots of hikers around to make it more comfortable. 4 of us to the room to make it economical and give the shower a real workout!
Ate a huge burger and fries for dinner, then chocolate lava cake for dessert... Mmm. Hung out in the room watching Family Guy and thinking about trying to resupply tomorrow then hit the smokies. Hopefully not too late in the day.
Ive heard there are feet of snow up in the Smokies, and everyone Is anxious to experience the actual conditions. Weather prediction looks great, but I'm not trusting that too much... They don't have the greatest track record.
Hope all is well... I'm going to try harder to include shelter names in my entries so it's easier to follow along. If you are in to that sort of thing, on the Appalachian trail conservancy website (atc.org I think) you can look under maps, turn on the shelter feature and watch my progress. Email my parents if you want a better link. I'll try to post It here next time I have Internet.
Night (you can rest easy knowing I'm in a hotel bed!)