I spoke to PTD and he stated that on Thursday he felt good enough and it was still early so he pushed on to Flint Mnt Shelter, instead of staying at Jerry Cabin Shelter as he had predicted earlier in the day. Thursday was a 21.3 mile day on the AT(some strange shelter fact - in 1994 a thu-hiker was bitten on the hand by a fox in the middle of the night. The shelter was full of people.
On Friday PTD said that Devil Fork Gap area was very green and the smell was amazing. Fresh after rain smells were everywhere. They had rain Thursday night. He also said it was very cool the contrast of the old wooden gray pasture fence he came across in the green green gap.
Later in the day he came to a road crossing and low and behold trail majic. It seems to be everywhere down in the south. There was Boomer and Bear Crawl from Charlotte with a cooler full of pepsi, snickers, oatmeal cookies and more for all that hikers that pass by within a 2hr window. PTD was glad he hit their window. It gave him the boost he needed to finish to Bald Mtn Shleter. He stayed and chatted w/the gentlemen for a bit before taking back off on the trail.
Dave called again today to tell me how beautiful the views were from Bald Mnt. He said it is all open and he can see every which way. North, South East and West. Much like on the top of Mt Moosilauke in NH on how you get the 360 degree view.
He will spend the night w/Fast Lane, Inferno, Maple, Jeff and Long Shank in the shelter. 18.9 mile day The area around the shelter at Blad Mnt is too fragile for tenting so all are asked to stay in the shelter.