I stayed at the Nantahala outdoor center the night of the 17th. At 0530 I made the push to Brown Fork Gap shelter for a 17.8 mile day. I awoke and was on the trail again this morning by 0600 and made it to Fontana Dam by noon for a 12 mile day. I am taking a short day so I can meet my father and hike with him tomorrow into the first part of the Smokies. I was able to get a ride to Fontana village earlier to get my food drop from HH6 (thank you babe), and have a quick but tasty meal at the hotel. I’m currently camped out above the lake for the evening.