I walk from Fontana Dam to Newfound Gap on the Appalachian Trail where I will hitch-hike into Gatlinburg, shower, eat, sleep, and return.
I walk over the Fontana Dam.
I enter the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and begin a 2700 foot climb.
I reach a boulder jumble, a throne shaped rock.
This is the Russel Field Shelter. Hikers are required to stay in shelters because of bears. I read Chapter 5 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell:
“The Tao doesn’t take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.”
“The Master doesn’t take sides;”
“She welcomes both saints and sinners.”
I approach Rocky Top.
“The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.”
“The more you use it, the more it produces;”
“The more you talk of it, the less you understand.”
“Hold on to the center.”
Sunset at Silers Bald Shelter.
A guy from Florida who had moved to Tennessee.
The next day, I walk to Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Great Smokies.
The observation tower is closed for repairs – elevation 6867 feet.
I reach Newfound Gap. I have walked 206.8 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia.