I spent the weekend in Erwin, Tennessee resting. A lot of other hikers did the same thing.
Here are some interesting facts about Erwin. It has a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in town, which is also the only source of nuclear fuel for the US Navy to power nuclear powered submarines and aircraft carriers.
Also in 1916, a circus elephant named Mary was publically executed here. 2,500 people came to watch the hanging. The elephant killed its human handler and the owner of the elephant made the decision to kill it. You can find more about this on the internet, if you wish.
The Battle of Red Banks was fought during the Civil War on land I am staying on while in town.
Met a female hiker here with the trail name “First Alert.” She says she got that name as she falls down a lot. First Alert is the company that advertises using the slogan “I’ve fallen and can’t get up.” I thought it was a funny trail name.
I will be back on the trail Sunday morning.