Got up early out of the NOC to try and log some miles. Felt guilty for taking a hostel, but it turned out to be a great decision. Weather reports were right and there was a good inch of snow on the ground. Absolutely awful terrain, trying to go uphill, feet constantly slipping out from under me. Ended up hiking all day, sun-up to sun-down, somehow knocked out 22 miles.
Camped next to a shelter and came into Fontana Dam (tiny place – not really a town) with everybody for a package re supply. Also snagged my Smokies permit.
Staying at the Fontana Dam “Hilton” tonight which is a huge hiker shelter that sleeps 24 and has showers, and is right next to the dam on the water. It’s one thru hikers birthday today so we got beer, delivered pizzas, and a big bonfire.
Enjoying it now because I start the Smokies tomorrow and the weather looks pretty awful.
Not sure when the next update will be. Off the grid for now.
Edit: added a pic of the party at the Fontana ‘Hilton’ …which I’ve been told to try and get changed to ‘Hyatt’