"He thought they had enough food to get through the mountains"
Mount Mingus, viewed from the Sugarland Mountain Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains
GNU Free Documentation LicenseMount Mingus, viewed from the Sugarland Mountain Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains - Credit: Brian Stansberry, 2008

Given that Cormac McCarthy was raised in Tennessee, there is much to support the theory that the man and boy are approaching the lower stretches of the Appalachian Mountain Range, perhaps the Great Smoky Mountains which are situated on the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

 

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