Tennessee North Carolina state line, sun in Smokies, the wreckage of an aircraft, and the Standing Bear hostel at the end of Smokies with a lot of “old” and “new” hikers there.
After passing Smokies, you feel like you’d done one chapter of the Appalachian Trail. The first chapter! I did not think I would go that far. I could considered myself a thru-hiker. Nobo, heading mt Katahdin. Finally, I learned how to pronounce Katahdin. I didn’t need to learn it earlier. I did not want to.