Day 141 – Mile 1166.7 + 137.1: Welcome to the NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center)! This is a special place for me because it’s the first time I encountered the Appalachian Trail😍 Back in 2012, my neighbor, Scott Dillery, and his good friend, Keith Havens , invited me here to do the Outdoorsman Triathlon. I spotted a hiker sitting outside the NOC Outfitter with his backpack and I asked him what he was doing – he was thru-hiking! I took a few steps into the woods I emerged from this morning and was hooked!
Humbled that 5 years later I have the opportunity to do the same thing!