Got started late out of the motel and got shuttled back to Winding Stair Gap by Ron Haven. He was a pretty interesting guy and had lots of stories about Franklin and the area. Left the trail head at around 11:00. Got to Silers Bald pretty quickly and did a short blue blaze to the top, it was a spectacular view on the bald. Kept on going from there got to Wayah Bald Tower for lunch and then headed on close to dark and found a nice spot with a view.
4/11/2014 12.6 Miles
Woke up late and got some decent breakfast in. We headed up Wesser Bald and over to the jump off for lunch, then down into the NOC for dinner. Afterwards we tried to find some close camping and failed so we hiked up the AT for a few miles and found a spot to settle down for the night.
4/12/2014 11.8 Miles
Got out of at around 11 am and did the big up and then Cheoah Bald ate lunch there and headed down into Stecoah Gap and there was the tail end of some trail magic so we got some sodas and snacks. Decided to camp down the forest road instead of going further with two other younger guys.
4/13/2014 14 Miles
Got started with a good breakfast of snacks and fruit. Did Jacob's Ladder first thing and we were just kinda rolling across the ridges and small ups and downs. We made it to Fontana Dam at around 4 pm. We were greeted by Poho's Aunt and Uncle who have section hiked the whole trail and had all kids of fruits, snacks, and soda. We then left off in Uncle Scott's truck and had a fun ride into Knoxville along the tail of the dragon and some fun mountain roads. Staying with them a day or two to avoid some bad weather in the Smokies and sharing stories and lots of food.
4/14/2014 0 Miles
Unfortunately taking another zero day to wait out the weather. We'll have to deal with it eventually but for now we can avoid it. Lizzy's Uncle and Aunt have OnDemand so we have got to catch up on Cosmos! We are also resupplying and exchanging gear ideas, and some delicious home cooked meals!
Sorry for the lack of pictures