Appalachian Trail Day 16 - Fontana Dam

Appalachian Trail Day 16

03-15-01 Day 16 – 8:29PM

0 miles, AT – 163.1

Fontana Dam
Zero Day #1

Today was my first zero day. I slept like a baby in the hotel last night. My tattoo, I got, rubbed off a bit during the night. Took another shower in the AM and packed.

Once at the general store I bought powered donuts and Nestle’s Chocolate milk. I repacked my pack and sent home stuff. I then wasted some time at the outfitter. I got to the shelter around 11:30 AM. I wrote postcards, watched birds, did word searches, had a hot lunch and the Brett from Austin, TX came. We hung out, made some calls and had dinner.

Appalachian Trail Day 16 - Fontana Dam

Fantana Dam Shelter

Aunt Ruth and Don are going to meet me in Davenport on Tuesday the 20th. Shower, laundry, food please!

Just Brett and I today. Citrus moved on. I heard Mr. Pat is in town and Jesse/Bris are about a half-day back. Hopefully they’ll catch me after the Smokies.

Very nice shelter. Holds about 20 people. Great view of the lake and mountains. The original spot I picked to sleep had ants all over it. I had to move to the other side.

The day off was good but I really wanted to keep moving. I got bored for a while. Zero days are good for the body but hard on the mind. Too much time to think about what’s going on or want is not.

Scatman 2011- It’s funny I recall Bret coming by the shelter but don’t recall him staying. I could be confusing him with George/Laura who stopped by but didn’t stay. If yesterday was a slow day then this day crawled by. I was bored out of my skull. Zero days are so hard. As a thru-hiker you learn “Relentless Forward Motion”.

Get out there!

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