Tuesday, April 19 - Day 26 - Mile 204.7 - Newfound Gap (Gatlinburg, TN)
Beautiful day! Started out early with Guardian in the lead for the short 5 mile hike to the rendezvous point with Bobby Luning. Like clockwork we met Bobby at 10:00 AM and had a great ride into town through the Smoky Mountain Park.
First item on the agenda was to get to McDonalds for a burger. Bobby then drove us around to resupply for the balance of our hike thru the Smokies. The rest of the afternoon was relaxing, taking showers, cleaning clothes, drinking ice cold sodas and beer and catching up on events here. Then Diana cooked us a great meal which completed a perfect "Nero".
It was so much fun to visit with the whole family and meet Pam and young Bobby after so many years. It's quite ironic that, after their living here for 8 years, it would be walking 204 miles that finally gave me the chance to visit.
Thanks all for showing not only me but Guardian and Buffalo Bobby such a good time.
My sister Rita thought a taste of the good life would make me reconsider this crazy adventure and send me scurrying for the next flight home. What she didn't know is that a shower, clean clothes, a good meal and a real bed for the night is just the ticket to encourage a hiker to get back on the trail with renewed vigor.
Bobby will drive us back to the trail (no small task) in the morning and the adventure continues.
As we come to a road crossing near you we are always willing to make guest appearances for the above mentioned accommodations.
Further updates at next connection point.