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ChrisCotts - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2017

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Chris "Otter" Cotts
City: Alexandria
State: Virginia
Country: United States of America
Begins: Apr 10, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, May 14th, 2017
Start: Roan High Knob Shelter
End: Carvers Gap
Daily Distance: 1.5
Trip Distance: 3.0
Min Elevation: 5512
Max Elevation: 6193

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The water was still flowing as if the Trail was a stream

035 - May 14 - Roan High Knob Shelter to Carvers Gap

Holy smokes, it got cold overnight, and by the time I woke up the shelter was full. Not sure when everyone came in overnight, but they were hard asleep when I forced myself to get out from under my quilt and pack up. Also not sure what the temperature was but I felt colder than anytime since one of the later days in the Smokies.


It actually took me a bit longer than usual to pack up because I was trying to not disturb the others in the shelter. I hit the trail just after 7 a.m. and covered the 1.5 miles (and 600-foot descent) by just before 8 a.m. Th trails were very wet on the way down--still flowing like steams in many places. At the gap, the wind was pretty fresh, and I kept myself warm by walking around the gap area (it's a major trailhead, with lots of parking, bathrooms, etc) until 10K arrived a little before 9:00 a.m.


As I was waiting, I considered the fact that I have climbed my last 6,000-footer until I get into New England (New Hampshire, I think). That doesn't mean I don't have challenges ahead in the mid-Atlantic. I do. But it does mean the character of the trail is going to change somehwat as the average elevations are lower.


Anyway, 10K whisked me down into Johnson City, where I will meet a Greyhound bus early tomorrow morning. I'll attend my nephew's graduation on Tuesday and, unfortunately, I just learned that I will also be attending a funeral on Wednesday, so I won't be back on the Trail until Thursday, 18 May.


Once I am back on the Trail, I expect it will take me 6 days to finish Tennessee and reach Damascus, Virginia, so it may be a little while before I update this blog again, maybe as much as 10 days.


Until then, rest assured that I will be safe, dry, and warm!

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