Well my food bag survived.Walked along the river for .3 of mile then surprise surprise up hill. Slow going becuse of my rib. Took 5 pain killers to get me up the hill.
Track hard o locate along th little bit of road, then around Lake Watauga.
Met some old men that said that the track after the dam wall was nasty. They had started at the beginnng of Lake Watauga to do a section hike and decided there bettr places to start. Saw that the road from the dam wall met up with the Apalachin trail the other side of the hill and decidd that was a better option. Sometimes you just have to be smart. Took 10mins rather than an hour to walk. Met up with Fable and Story and camped with them. Just up from the road. The bonus was I got good WiFi and my bear bag put up for me.