Day 18: Clingmans Dome
Hiked up and over Clingmans Dome today. It is the highest point on the A.T. There is a road to the top so after climbing it you suddenly pop out into a crowd of tourists. Was weird. I climbed the observation tower but then, since there were no cheeseburgers, I left quickly.
After a long descent I crossed the road at Newfound Gap. It is the main road that crosses the park and the parking area was jammed. I sat and had lunch. Several people came up and asked me about my hike. One Japanese woman took my picture. I felt like an animal in display.
I am now at the Icewater Shelter, in my tent near it. The shelter is jammed with people. It is a Friday night and it is only 4 miles from the road.