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Rocket Legs crushing the miles
Hiking Day 17: Departure time 8:30 am
The day began chilly so we had coffee before we got going. We were 5.5 miles to a trailhead and in high spirits we headed into Fontana Dam. Three miles out we passed JR whom we have seen hiking for the last couple of weeks. When Allan passed him he was dry heaving and said he had been sick all night. We ended up going back to assist and calling search and rescue to pick him up at a dirt road intersection. Kevin who was with us heated some liquids and got him warm. Allan carried his pack out. Consequently, it took us several hours to assist him. He headed out with the forest service guys and we arrived at Fontana at 2:00. We got a shuttle into Fontana which is named from all the workers who constructed Fontana Dam for the TVA. We ate lunch at the Fontana Village Resort and resupplied at the general store. They had all our favorites including Oreos, pop tarts and packaged potatoes! Next, we headed to the shelter. The shelter, named Fontana Hilton, holds over 30 people and is the largest on the AT. We have a great crowd to hike with. The weather is great for this week and we will be in the Smokys starting tomorrow.
Have I mentioned one of my favorite accessories? I bought an inflatable sea to summit pillow which is super comfortable and much better than using my clothing as a pillow.
Note: I had the dates messed up a bit, to see every post, use the pull down list on the top right of the web site. Sorry.
PS Fontana is a popular place for car clubs to weekend, its Nissan / Infinity weekend now.
We hiked 7 miles, 1300 up 2500 down.
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The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org