Ponytail Dave has made it to the Davenport Gap Shelter for the night. 235.1 miles to date and 1,943.2 more to go. This is the only shelter left on the trail in the Smokies that still has a bear fence around it. Keep bears out, Keep hikers in! In the smokies it is mandatory that you must stay in a shelter unless they are full. Then you must tent right next to the shelter. Back awhile ago they used to have bear cages on all the shelters. They have solved most of the problems w/the pesky bears now. Hikers and tourists have been more careful about leaving traces of food...etc in the woods. The awareness of LEAVE NO TRACE is getting better. We should all be aware of this. LEAVE NO TRACE!!! Leave it as you found it and carry out your trash! This goes not just only in the Smokies but EVERYWHERE!
Tonight he is only w/Landfill at the shelter, the others he had been hiking with are either ahead a bit or behind a bit. They will catch up probably in Hot Springs. Dave plans on taking a 0 day and resting, catching up on phone calls, journals, laundry, getting a good night sleep(thinking he will probably get a room to himself for one night and get some privacy) and he really hopes that the place he stays has a bathtub so he can just soak. Calgon take me away. One of his sisters has offered to pay for him to get a massage in Hot Springs which is know for their mineral baths. Hope he takes her up on it. Sounds like he could use it.