Good hike today and set up to summit Clingman’s Dome tomorrow. Going into Gatlinburg to shower, wash clothes and buy snacks. I now have less than 2000 miles left and will cross the 200 mile mark tomorrow. In the Smokies I’ve been straddling the NC/TN line, so I’ve now entered my third state. There are deer grazing at the campsite tonight. Camped at Double Springs shelter, named because there are two water sources here, one in TN and one in NC.
I didn’t believe it when I was told that I would want to eat all the time and be hungry all the time, but they were right. I literally have to stop and eat something every hour. If I don’t, I bonk and lose energy. Gotta buy more snacks!