Early start – Beautiful day. He ended up meeting up w/Brian again from CO today and hiking all day w/him. Both took in spectacular views of the Smokies from Wesser Bald (4,627’) There is an observation tower there that used to be an operating fire tower. Says it was a super clear day. Could see for miles. He hopes to be starting the Smokey Mountains sometime next weekend.
Today he did about 16 miles and is now at the NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) http://www.noc.com/ This is a huge outdoor adventure center for white water rafting.
The tent sites are all full so Dave, Brian, Mr Vix, Ian and several others are staying in the Bunk house.
As of right now he has hiked 135 miles and has 2,043 more to go.
He has 28 miles to get to Fontana Dam and says he will do it in 2 days. He will slow a bit.
TRAIL NAME = TROOPER
Will get it out of him next time I talk to him how and why he got it this trail name……stay tuned…