We woke up in the shelter and hit the trail to already balmy temperatures around 8:15am. The barn shelter was really unique, but still a shelter with loads of snoring, a sick guy (seriously not cool), and such. Not my cup of tea.
We only planned about 8-9 miles today to get to the hostel, but they were over 2 more balds. Both were steep and had some really great views.
The rest of the hike was pretty but uneventful. We hiked down the trail and about .3 miles off of it to the Mountain Harbour Hostel / B&B. This place is really nice and a huge step up from some of the prior establishments that we have stayed at so far (no sarcasm). We hung out with some other thru-hikers (from the notorious Highway Shrimp gang… Don’t ask…) for the afternoon as more thunderstorms rolled through. We went into the town of Roan Mountain and got some pizza and milkshakes for dinner, which was also quite good. Definitely a great spot to take a nearo day. We hit a nice milestone today by leaving North Carolina for good.
We are now in Tennessee only until we hit Virginia. Prior to this the trail snaked back and forth between the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.
Vital stats :
Mood – good
Physical state – rested up
Smell – actually clean for once
Song stuck in my head – Numerous songs from Throwing Copper by Live (one of the hikers we met today, Tanner, loves Live and said I looked like Ed, their former lead singer)