We woke up around 6:00 to clear skies but wet tents. We ate breakfast and packed up. We left all the camping stuff in Laura’s car and both started out south. Laura stayed with me for 3.6 miles and then returned to her car to shuttle it south.
This part of the trail is very pretty and the trails are very runnable. So nice to see the sunshine through the trees. Laura parked the car on the other side of Iron Mountain and ran up to meet me. When we got back to the car at Iron Mountain Gap, we drove down the mountain to the Mountain Grill for lunch.
In the afternoon I ran from Iron Mountain Gap to the Beauty Spot. Laura parked at the Beauty Spot and ran out to meet me. She met me on Unaka Mountain. Unaka Mountain has a dense fir tree forest on top. It would have been a neat place to camp but it was only mid afternoon. We got to the Beauty Spot early enough to set up our tents and have everything dry out. Awesome views from there.
It is my last night in my tent before I go back home for a bit. One more half day into Erwin, TN and then back to the city.