Finished the Smoky’s today. Did a total of 18 miles. Best yet. Also, got to pickup Gus!!! Very awesome to see him again.
Left the shelter at 8:10am. Pushed it pretty hard up the 800 foot climb right out of camp. After the climb it was all downhill to the intersection with I-40. Did 10.7 miles in 3 hours and 20 minutes. Made it before noon. Felt pretty good about that.
Picked up Gus from the Standing Bear Hostel. Enjoyed a cheese pizza and 3 Cokes. I would regret this later. Stayed at the hostel for about 2 hours and hung out with the Goat Herd.
We all left the hostel around 2:00pm. Had a rough 2500 foot elevation gain over 4 miles. Was feeling nauseated the whole way up. Won’t be stuffing myself and drinking soda before anymore hard climbs.
We were all going to stay at a campsite 3 miles from the hostel but it didn’t work out. No nearby water source and we all needed water. It was also on a ridge and with the weather forecast we decided against it.
Ended up covering the next 6.9 miles to get to the Groundhog Creek Shelter. The forecast calls for thunderstorms with hail and damaging winds. Me and Gus are hanging out in the tent now because it just started raining. We will see what transpires. Excited for the thunderstorm. Maybe not the hail.
I will post again if we make it through the night. 😉