My friends and I started 2019 with a 10 mile hike today. Interstate 40 winds through the mountains between Asheville and Knoxville, following the French Broad River. At the north end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park the Appalachian Trail crosses the interstate. We parked our car there, hiked across the river, and up into the national park. From there we hiked to the intersection of Lower Mount Cammerer Trail and the AT. This hike was a bit more difficult than we were expecting because from the interstate to the national park is almost 2 miles. The weather was an unseasonably 60 with gray skies, great for hiking and photos. There were not any clear views because of the tree cover but there were many interesting looking fungi and lichen.