110 miles (+9 with Approach Tr) in total. A half zero say for resupply and gear issues in Franklin, North Carolina. New trail shoes for Silva and a better rope for hanging our food bags – not all shelters have bear cables we learned. Yesterday we crossed the first state line (Georgia – North Carolina, yeah!), then a really hard and steep climb to Mt Albert fire tower (pictures!). Followed by an evening with heavy showers and a cold night at Long Branch Shelter. Some hours of chilling in sunny and warm (25 C) Franklin. Next planned stop is Nantahala OC, then 2 more days to the Southern entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains NP where the highest summit of the entire AT – Clingman Dome – waits.