Day 29: Low Gap to No Business Knob

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

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Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Did you know: many people like to stay at shelters as much as possible... They usually offer community, bear cables, privies, fire pits, and a shelter log that might tell you how far ahead a fellow hiker is. They can be as close together as 1 mi and change (in the Smokies) or as far apart as 31 mi ( up north somewere)

Today was about a 15 miler. We are camped at the No Business Knob shelter which is just 6 miles from Erwin, TN. We are planning to be in town in time for the AYCE pizza buffet at "pizza plus". Some people joke that a good reason to hike the trail is so that you can eat whatever you want. I'd say it's kind of fun, but since I've always been able to eat whatever I want and burn it instantly, I can't relate. It's annoying to worry about weight loss and never feeling full.

Hike was a little tough today, just kind of long, blisters on the TOPS of my feet today... The hot weather also makes the trail hard and dusty.  First thing this morning we hit big bald, which was an awesome bald (good reward after a sweaty 1500 ft climb) with 360 degree views of the surrounding mtns. Had some fleeting cell service up there so hopefully my journal is updated.

We had a leisurely snack break before moving on.  Saw a little trout in a stream we were crossing today, watched it eat bugs for 20 minutes (we are always looking for excuses to delay putting back on the packs and hiking!) no magic at the road crossing which wasn't to be expected but I always foolishly raise my hopes when a road is comin up.

This shelter is made from cinder blocks, has no privy, and no bear cables. Lame. I was bear bagging in front of the shelter and with everyone watching made an "extreme bear bag" at about 25ft. Unfortunately later when hauling up my food, the line got snagged on a lower tree and snapped, leaving my food dangling helplessly about 15 ft up. Fortunately Aikido Jo is a climber and he scrambled up the smaller tree and freed the bag ( which was mostly just oatmeal anyway)  Reminded me of climbing the bear pole in pictures rocks to free a snagged bag there.

I'm excited for town tomorrow, as always. I'm desperate for a shower, laundry, and town food.  No one really does a 6 month hike, rather we do a whole bunch of short trips broken up by town stops.

I'll have phone service if anyone wants to contact me. Hope you are all well. Miss you and hope you each find ways to enjoy the nature and beauty of your surroundings every day.
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