Day 12Saturday, March 30, 2019
Stealth site—mile 139.2
Great day. Great weather! Windy, but hot and sunny.
Today was a big day. (Not mileage-wise. I seem to be holding steady at 14 mpd. Although that wasn’t shabby today, for me at least, considering it included the NOC [Nantahala Outdoor Center, a big hiker stop]).
I came to the road crossing at Tellico Gap, and there was…Wiggy! Wiggy of the Aquone Hostel—a truly inspiring guy, and one of the two hostel owners who may have saved my hike in 2013. We chatted a bit, about how 2013 was a tough year. (I did a whole post about him in my 2013 journal, if you’re curious. Link’s in the margin. He remembered me when I told him my trail name—said he has a photo to send me.) 😀
Then there was the massive descent to the NOC. I got there at about 2 o’clock, did some chores, and decided to power on at least partly up the massive climb northbound out of the NOC.
I’m in a little stealth site. It’s windy as hell. The weathet’s changing, and we might get snow flurries on Tuesday. I’m one day ahead of schedule; I might call an audible and take an unplanned zero at Fontana, stay at the Lodge Monday and Tuesday nights if they have a room. I have a sore knee, I go into the Smokies on Wednesday, and I really really want to do laundry because I’ve walked 120 miles in these clothes, and they smell—not to mince words—like a buzzard on a shit wagon.