Day 13...Different Paths

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Kate and I were talking yesterday about the possibility of her needing to stop a couple of days earlier than we had originally planned.  Her knees have been hurting her a lot the past 5 days, and have been made worse by a fall during the rainstorms yesterday. It is important for Kate to be able to backpack on Monday, when she goes to work as a Ranger for Philmont Scout Ranch, in Cimarron, New Mexico. 

We have made plans for Kate to stay and rest at a shelter called the 'Fontana Hilton' near Fontana Dam. This trail shelter is one of the nicest shelters on the Appalachian Trail.  It has a restroom, showers, and a charging station that is solar powered.  On Friday, she will travel to Knoxville and visit Uncle Dan and Aunt Laura before flying to Colorado.

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We parted ways around noon.  But before I left, I met a man named Janga.  After talking for a little bit, he added onto my Trail Name.  I am

now 'Billy the Kid'.

I continued backpacking another 12 miles into the Great Smoky National Park. Due to the rains, I only ran into two people on the trail and four at the shelter. At Mollies Ridge Shelter, I met John and Steven, and Rock and Roll. I tried to build a fire this evening, but after 45 min, I decided to go to bed instead. 

The rats in this shelter are super loud. They don't even wait for you to fall asleep before making noise. 

Miles: 18.1

Cable Gap Shelter to Mollies Ridge Shelter

Location: Latitude: 35.54581, Longitude: -83.79361