Day #28 – Going Home

After finishing the Smokies and the 240 mile section from Springer Mtn, GA to Standing Bear Farm, TN I’ve decided to head home and call it a “section.” Other than the weather, which was horrible, it was an amazing experience.

Sunrise on the AT

It was the first time I hiked with the “bubble” of thru-hikers going NOBO. In fact, Trail Jesus accused me of being a thru-hiker; I felt like one too. I met so many amazing people and made so many friends.

Hikers around campfire at the Cheese Factory

My initial goal was to get in better physical shape; mission accomplished. I realized it when I hiked up Cheoah Bald in 4 hours. I tried out a new tent; the Durston X-Mid 1P was amazing. There were multiple gear failures; a broken pack, a leaking sleeping pad and some terrible food. The big surprise was learning to have patience and hike slower. Persistence was also found; with the bad weather, it would have been easy to quit so many times. And I found angels, oh so many amazing people who offered assistance and encouragement.

Smoky Bear

I want to say a special thanks to Renegade who generously gave me a ride off trail along with companionship during my final push through the Smokies. And best wishes to Bright Spot and Bluebird; great hiking partners.

Trey, Gary, Puffin, Ahavah & Bright Spot

And again I realize why people hike the trail.

Final Section Stats
Days 28 (3/12/23-4/9/23)
Start - Springer Mtn (0.0)
End - Standing Bear (241.5)
Total section miles: 184.1
Section Avg: 8.0*
Total miles on AT: 1220.0
* Zeros (4) not included

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

Charles Dickens

One thought on “Day #28 – Going Home

  1. I’ve never seen such big smiles on your face, Chris!!!! wonderful experience for your heart and soul! Safe travels back to St Louis, Lois and Miss Millie! God has blessed you, Chris. Your favorite, and only step-mother, Betsy


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