Another cold day so I wore pants again. My legs are doomed to be forever pale!
Today was hard even though the elevation profile looked easy. Went around the lake, then over Watauga Dam & up & down & up & down (this is what hikers call PUD’s – pointless ups and downs).
Nice trail magic on the dam by Safety Bob – a worker on the dam from Wisconsin who was handing out fruit to hikers crossing the dam.
Ate lunch with Owl, shutterbug, M80 & Trooper at the Midway shelter. Saw some folks out on a section hike also. This particular shelter was covered in very funny graffiti honoring Bob Peoples the legend. Like, “Bob Peoples Doesn’t Get Bit By Snakes, He Bits Them”. Or, “Jesus Asks Bob Peoples for Forgiveness”. Or, “When Bob Peoples sleeps here, mice bring him food”. “Bob Peoples doesn’t believe in the periodic table of the elements, because he only believes in the element of surprise.”
Stayed at the Iron Mountain shelter with Owl, shutterbug, Big Yank, Techie, and a SOBO, “Boomerang”, who pulled a 26 mile day out of Damascus today. For dinner, Boomerang had a 5 layer peanut butter & nutella sandwich, a bag of fritos, some cookies, and some other things I can’t remember. He also built a fire super-fast. He was not amused by our NOBO adventures.