Day 11 – Sunday, March 20: Franklin, NC, Zero Day

I just did the usual town stuff – nothing special. It’s late and I still have to pack. I’ll add up my expenses after I find my receipts. Today went too fast y’all. I’m beat.

Most importantly, the 22 miles didn’t hurt my knee – it felt fine this morning when I woke up.

I have to go to the post office tomorrow morning and wait at the hotel for a package. I should start hiking again tomorrow afternoon and expect to make it 5 or so miles before camping for the night.

It’s about 55 miles from Winding Stair to Fontana Dam. I already have a reservation for a room at the Fontana Lodge for Friday.

Gotta go – it’s late and I’m tired.

Author: Chris Kummer

Hey y'all - Cool Dad here. Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to thru-hike the AT. It remained a nagging thought for nearly a decade - then it got loud enough to warrant my attention. So I quit my unfulfilling job(s) in Seattle and commenced hiking north from Springer in the spring of 2016. And I'm exceedingly thankful I did. The people I met, the things I saw, the gross foods I ate - not a day goes by without fondly remembering life on the trail. If you've already thru-hiked a long trail, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you're thinking about tackling a long-distance hike, do it. Do it now. I'm probably gonna do it again...

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