Before descending into Neils gap. Gnarly. Buzzsaw and Gramps. Silar’s Bald. Trail Magic, with Kipper on the right. Jackrabbit. Avalanche and Smokebath. Mojo. The view from the Fontana Dam gift shop. Square and Chimp survey the Smokies. Walking Home takes a load off. Max Patch. Dinner with Wren in Hot Springs, NC. One (of many) road crossing(s). Soaking in the…guidebook. Overmountain Shelter. A bit drafty! Laurel Falls. Bluefoot crosses into Virginia. Feral ponies roam the Grayson Highlands. Chestnut Knob Shelter. Bo-Knows in all his glory. Fred G. relents and allows for a portrait. Still truckin’. Thru-hikers crashing en masse at the Homeplace McAfee’s Knob, aka Pride Rock. Beams. Mama and cubs. Nearing the end of Virginia! Entering Harper’s Ferry, crossing the Shenandoah. Veggie and O’Sheanandoah. Whoo-whooo! The “jailhouse” hostel in Palmerton, PA. The climb out of Palmerton, PA. Firetower near A well-marked, if maybe accurately dubious, border. A break in the rain – view from VT fire tower near Manchester. Boots drying at the Green Mountain Hostel. Met a friend at Mountain Meadows Lodge. Bruce says “You’re gonna climb today, boy!” Welcome to the Whites. Franconia. Chimp at the end of a long day. “The way life should be.” Nearing the end. Mount Katahdin, hello. Trail complete!