Did a 16.5 mile day yestrday - some pretty steep trail to get to highway 64 - check out the sign - atleast they warn you before they kick your ass. Alberts mountain was good - tough rocks to climb but a good change of pace. Had to hitch hike for a good 20 mins but a propane truck driver picked me up. Took me the 11 miles into town - got me in his personal car - and to the post office 10 mins before they close. Offered to take me to the store - which I didn't need since I just picked up a PO drop - but did take me to a hostel. The 1st Baptist church picked me up and took me for all you can eat pancakes, bacon and orange juice. I swear you guys are going to think this is easy!!!! I can't believe how much the communities help the thru hikers. I've heard that it isn't this good as you get farther north. Cold front coming in - this is day 10 - getting close to the Smokies and going to be in for some snow from what we've heard. Will make this cold weather gear that I am carrying - worth it - I guess. Hard to believe that this is already the 10th day - going by quickly.