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Last updated 3/18/2020 at 3:13pm

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The trail through the spruce fir forest around Clingman's Dome reminded Driker of the Pacific Northwest.

Dinner And Program

The dinner and program that was scheduled for today has been cancelled. The community center board looks forward to rescheduling once the risk of the spread of COVID-19 has passed.

Driker On The AT

One might think that the best place to be during the spread of COVID-19 is on the Appalachian Trail, and the Dunn's Rock hiker, or Driker for short, would agree with you. The trail, however, is not immune to the effects of the virus.

Driker spent last Friday and Saturday nights in a popular hostel in Hot Springs, N.C. By Sunday, it was announced that the hostel was closing until further notice as a caution against the spread of the virus. Resupplying also may be an issue in the small towns along the trail as local customers stock up on essentials.

For the time being, however, Driker and his Hiking buddies, Rev, Random and Wild, are heading North toward Tennessee. Although they often camp together, the hikers all trek at different rates, so they naturally maintain the social distance being recommended.

Driker was pleased to have the opportunity for a quick return to Dunn's Rock last week. After six days in the Smokies, Driker called his brother for a pickup at the Pigeon River Bridge near I-40. Delivered back to Transylvania County, Driker enjoyed a zero-day restocking, doing laundry and visiting with family and friends.

While home he took the opportunity to trade his heavy, leather boots for lighter weight ankle-high boots. Since changing shoes, his new fleet-footed pace is over 16 miles a day. According to the scale at home, he's also carrying 12 less pounds on his person.

While Driker faced frigid temperatures at some of the higher elevations along the trail, things seem to be thawing out, and he's spotted his first wild flowers along the trail. He ditched the Yaktrax boot traction devices he used on the North side of Clingman's dome, and added a pair of shorts while home. It is the first day of spring, after all.

On Tuesday, Driker expected to pass I-26, North of Asheville, headed toward Erwin, Tenn.

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