I wandered again to my home in the mountains
Where in youth’s early dawn I was happy and free
I looked for my friends, but I never could find them
I found they were all rank strangers to me
Everybody I met
Seemed to me a rank stranger
No mother nor dad
Not a friend could I see
They knew not my name
And I knew not their faces
I found they were all
Rank strangers to me
Rank Stranger, Stanley Brothers
It was time to walk the Standing Indian Loop again.
My 5th trip (March 2018):
- 27 mile loop slightly different than my previous trips , starting/ending at Rock Gap, Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina, USA.
- Day 1: 2pm-9pm, 16 miles, sunny and warm
- Night: measured low approx. 40 deg F; rain in early morning; Beech Gap 4,460 feet
- Day 2: 8am-1pm, 11 miles, cool mist/rain
- I walked southbound on the Appalachian Trail, passing many prospective thru-hikers about 100 miles from the Trail’s southern terminus in Georgia
- I hauled 8.7lbs of gear; 3.5lbs of food (1lb too much!); and never more than 1L/qt (2.2lbs) of water at a time
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