The descent to Fontana Dam was painful (maybe I should have taken some Ibuprofen last night?) but Pappy, Phil, AJ, Muffin Man, Cricket, and I arrived at the shelter, coined the "Fontana Hilton" for its size and (relative) luxury. We claimed our spots and headed into town for some food, laundry, and minor resupply. As soon as we got back I jumped in the (free!) shower here at the Hilton. It was by far the greatest shower I've had on the trail thus far...lots of hot water and lots of pressure. Tomahawk and Cricket got a nice fire going so everyone has been up late...because we're taking a zero tomorrow! I cannot wait to dry out my gear, spend an entire day with a bathroom readily available, and give my body a good rest. My fingernails are dirt-free, my clothes are stench-free, and the sun is poised to shine. Life is good.
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