May 2: Well, we got our nice weather. We really wanted to press the miles because there is another storm system coming through Thursday. The hiking was really tough today though. The worst was a 1400 foot climb in only two miles– very steep indeed. But the scenery was cool with numerous streams and waterfalls intersecting the trail. At the end of the day we could only do fifteen miles. Our feet hurt more than fatigue. My new podiatrist friend (Footloose) has diagnosed and is helping my heel spur. I saw a rattlesnake next to the trail as well. The day ended with a stealth camp 26 miles from Erwin TN our next resupply. That means Thursday will be an ugly storm hike into town. Happy trails.

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