I am walking from Uncle Johnny`s Hostel in Erwin, TN to US Route 17E.
The storm passed over Erwin. I need to be off the trail.
I see a stick bug (walking stick) in the shower room at the hostel.
Hurricane Nate has become a tropical storm and I stayed an extra night at Uncle Johnny’s place. In the morning, the river is high.
It continues to rain – sometimes heavy. I look at a shelter.
Rain ends. Coffee on the trail
I read chapter 9 from the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.
“Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.”
“Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.”
If the wooly caterpillar is particularly wooly , it means a cold winter is coming. They all look the same to me.
“Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.”
“Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.”
“Do your work, then step back.”
Climbing Roan Mountain.
I pass over the top and fix lunch while drying my tarp and clothes in the sun.
“The only path to serenity.”
The sign reads “Round Bald.”
I walk over some sections that are probably the most magnificent set of balds on the Appalachian Trail– Round Bald, Jane Bald, past the Overmountain Shelter (I spent the night north of it), Little Hump Mountain, Bradley Gap, Hump Mountain, Doll Flats.
I met some hikers walking north. They spent the night on Jane Bald while I walked past Overmountain.
An astonishing day. Hard rain at night, fog in the morning.
No words – climbing Little Hump Mountain.
Path to serenity
The path at Bradley Gap
Path of the caterpillar