Day 22: Pecks Corner to Cosby Knob

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Did you know that the average thruhiker spends 4-5 thousand dollars on the trail? ( not including gear)  The general rule on budgeting is about a dollar and a half per mile. The trail itself is entirely free (no entrance fees, etc) but the cost of restaurants, hotels, and groceries do add up! (this is not a plea for donations, just thought you'd find it interesting!)

No cell service at all today, we were passing through some of the most remote parts of the park. Hope the journal will update itself ok.  Weather was beautiful after some clouds early.  Great views and nice hiking day. We did 13 miles with a stop for lunch at tri corner shelter.

Finally after 3 hiking days through the deep snow that really slows you down, we are through!  We have descended down from high altitude and should leave the park tomorrow sometime. I'm hoping to catch a glimpse of the infamous rock slide on I-40. (it's been closed for
around a year now)

Last night I woke up in the middle of the night to visit the boys room and let me tell you the stars were absolutely spectacular. These sometime nightly trips are made much better by stargazing. The forest is so peaceful at night (except for the racoon that was interested in our stuff!)

Tonight some spring breakers at the shelter built up a fire in the shelter fireplace so we should be sweating all night. Some people have their socks drying out in front of it so it smell like roasting stinky socks. Mmmmm

Dinner tonight was salmon and wild rice. (a touch crunchy)  I am still a little hungry but I think lunch tomorrow might come from a road crossing restaurant or gas station.

One of the best parts about the Smokies has been the ridgeline walking. We've spent days up around 5-6 thousand feet, avoiding those nasty climbs and descents. In some places the trail itself is the top of the ridge and drops on either side make you very aware of your balance!

Didn't even notice the backpack today. Unfortunately the feet and ankles still hurt but no blisters and no pain killers necessary yet.
Sleep well!
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