Miles from Springer Mountain: 210.8
Miles to Mount Katahdin: 1981.2
Today will be one of my most memorable days on trail, it was full of accomplishments and great people! After a chilly night in the stuffed Russell Field Shelter I started hiking to warm my bones. As I climbed the mountain I thought snow was falling, however it was just ice blowing off the trees! I summited Clingman’s Dome this morning, the highest point on the AT. The 200 mile mark was a few feet from the base of the tower.
I couldn’t stay for too long at the dome because the wind was blistering, to move is to be warm. I trekked onward, taking a small break in Indian Road Gap, before pushing onward to Newfound Gap. At Newfound there had to be 100+ people enjoying the views on their Spring Break, thankfully they didn’t stare at me due to my smell. A trail angel left some trail magic for us – pop and muffins. It went well with my tuna and granola lunch!
Tonight I sleep in Ice Spring Shelter, it’s a cold one but I’m snuggled in my tent. Uniquely enough the privies here are wheelchair accessible, but I’ve never seen a wheelchair that could make it through these trails. It was a shorter day today, I intend to push over 20 tomorrow. The people at this shelter are a perfect mix of section and thru-hikers, friendly and welcoming. It’s been a great day on the trail!
A special shoutout to Mrs. Yoder’s 4th grade class, thanks for cheering me on everyone!!