Resting up

After 21 days of hiking about 10 miles a day, I limped into Gatlinburg two days ago with some form of shin splints – did some conservative treatments and feel quite a bit better today so I plan to get back to it . I can’t quite describe Gatlinburg but I’ll let some of these photos do the talking.

A strange mix of natural beauty and very unnatural tourism.


  1. psrand2013 · April 4, 2016

    Way to go, Kev!


  2. Tanya · April 4, 2016

    Kevin. I had major blisters on one foot after a 21 mile hike with 8 on pavement in Scotland. Think blisters preferred to shin splints. Happy hiking. Tanya , Pats sister


    • kevinhikes · April 8, 2016

      Hi, Tanya. I’m trying all sorts of things to get past this. I think I’m making some progress. Hi to you and your hiking sisters!


  3. Marti Rand · April 2, 2016

    I forgot what that tree is called. It may be a Redbud. Anyway, Uncle Bill asked me to leave this note from him … “When I drove from Cherokee to Gatlinburg I found it tiring. I can’t believe you walked there. Please let me pick you up in Knoxville & take you home.”


    • kevinhikes · April 8, 2016

      Hi to you and uncle bill – I’m really enjoying my time in this part of the country, but it sure is nice to drop into a town every now and then.


  4. Sally (Duncan) D'Antonio · April 2, 2016

    Sorry that you were in pain. The town looks like fun to me, especially the moonshine tasting!


  5. Jo Bahe · April 2, 2016

    Wow! Great job Kevin 🙂 Continue on a safe journey…….. good thoughts and blessings coming to you from Chinle.


  6. Dina · April 2, 2016

    Did you make it to Dolly World? 😁


  7. Donna · April 2, 2016

    Making good progress. Hope you were inside for the storms that came through yesterday.


  8. Marti Rand · April 2, 2016

    Glad you’re feeling better, Kevin. That pretty tree looks like a Rosebud. Uncle Bill used to attend trade shows in Gatlinburg.


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