June 7 Cornelus Shelter to Matts Creek Shelter 28.8 kms

Headed up to thunder Hill Shelter for lunch. Went to get water only to find someone had washed their dishes in the enclosed spring. Nothing like ramen flavoured water.

Marble Spring Campsite was lovely and I wished I’ had the time to stay there.

On to Matt’ Shelter only to find it over run by girl couts 12 were in the shelter heaps running around and you are only allowed 10 in a party on the trail. The noise was incredible I was tired after 18miles and crabby. Stalked off to camp downstream with Kudgeweed.

 

 

Wednesday June 6 Cove My to Cornelius Creek Shelter 22kms

Kudgeweed caught up and passed me on the first hill up to Cornelius Hiill Shelter. She had a scare on the track due to a rattle snake and stopped to warn me. Luckily she did as the snake was really pissed and Wouldn’t have seen it as it was the colour of moss and rocks.

Kudgeweed then told me about an Appalachian pedicure treatmen that she Sparky and Squirrel  had developed . Stick your feet into a creek full of small fish and they will  eat all the dead skin GROSS

I was at the picnic table eating dinner When suddenly an elderly couple appeared out of nowhere  with  a picnic basket. They knew of a back track in. They had fried chicken potato salad beans brownies fruit salad chips and drinks for us.

June 5 Fullhardt Knob Shelter to Cove Mountain 28.8 kms

The track cross crossed the Blue Ridge Parkway (A scenic drive) Someone sarcastically asked where the Pepsi machin was at Wilso Shelter. I said where the track crosses the road at Blackhorse Gap Road and there it was in the form of trail magic.

Brilliant views each time the track crossed the road.

Downhill off the track to Bobblets Shelter so I gave it a miss and just as well as it apparently got very crowded. Picked up some water ad then noticed there was no water at the next shelter. Camped at first available campsite. Luck I did as there was no where else for QUITE a while. Had a very peaceful nighr

June 4 Pig Farm Campsite to Fullhardt Knob Shelter 22.4 kms

Track started off good with beautiful views and then I hit the rocks again I was over it i 5 minutes.

Finally got to Dalesville and had to ask where North was as the restarant I wanted to go too was North. Had a lovely lunch ith a free banana pudding which is my favourite Southern dessert.

Made it up to the ext shelter right on dusk to find a group of girl scouts camping there but no one in the shelter. Could see the lights of the town below from my bed.

June 3 Calawba Mr to Pig Farm Campsite 24 kms

Woke up depressed wondering what I was doing on the track as the young lad that fell yesterday left the track and his negativity had rubbed off o me

The amount of people smoking dope and cigarettes in the shelters has got to me and I feel like a passive smoker in both regards

Very sore and tired but prodded on Had a wine to an old man th asst was out for a stroll He offered me his Apple. I felt very humbled and it was a beautiful day and no rain a first in a month.

Beautiful views from Mc Afee Knob and Tinker Cliffs. The track runs next to these cliffs and I mean right next to them.

Left my phone at Lambert Shelter table. It was passed down the trail back to me before I even knew it was missing.

Decided to enjoy the trail and not rush it as I only make myself sick. Too bad if I don’ finish it. 15 miles average is comfortable for me.

June 2 Pckle Branch Shelter to Calawba 20.8 kms

Started late as it had rained all night until 7am

Difficult going up to dragons tooth. A young lad from the shelter aught up with me and immediately slipped and fell He was not happy. There were Japanese all over the dragons tooth so couldn’ get a decent photo. Getting down the other side was hairy. Enjoyed the first 5 mins then the pain from my rib set in. It was entertaining watching the Americans try and make their dogs rock climb. Ran out of water and took the wrong path at the bottom.It did however take me to a stream. I WAS so thirsty I drank a litre of water straight up Cold on a hot stomach. It immediately came straight up.

Went pass the hostel where most people had stopped for the night.

Found some trail magic at the next crossing and had pulled pork and potato salad for tea plus a beer and one to take away.

Stopped for the night when the beer started to get warm.

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June 1 Nidday Shelter to Pickle Branch Shelter 16kms

A very slow day as big hills Stopped off at the Audi Murphy Monument. Monument to the most decorated world war 2 hero and cinema screen actor. He died in a plane crash near the monument spot.

Swam with Sparky and Squirrel in a creek at the bottom of the hill. Sparky was complaining the ig trout he wanted to spear with a walking stick had gone He had dive bombed it twice before getting the idea that t might be nice to eat.

I stayed at the next shelter while the boys carried on up the hill. Both were on a mission. Squirrel to see his wife and Sparky wanted food.