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  1. Day 19: All Downhill

    Had a good night in the shelter. Apparently I snored a little. 😊 It wasnít raining, thankfully, but looked like it could any minute. It was 11.5 miles to NOC, mostly downhill. So I was motivated to make it by lunch and get out of the rain. It didnít rain on me too bad and I made it by 2pm. Had a delicious burger over looking the rapids. Booked a night at Gorgeous Stays to get out of the bad weather. I stayed in a little converted camper that was so cute! 🥰 There was also a school ...
  2. Day 18: Early Start

    Karaís dad gave us a ride to the trail head this morning. He picked us up at 6:45am 😒, but he was so nice to take us and stopped and got us breakfast at McDonalds. 10 mile day to Cold Spring Shelter. Hopefully, the early start will allow me to get a spot in the shelter since itís suppose to rain tonight and into the morning. It was a beautiful day. Leap frogged with about 7 other hikers all day. Then about a mile before the shelter I ran into the most amazing Trail Magic! They were a group ...

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  3. Day 17: Attempted Slack Packing

    Had another wonderful pancake breakfast at First Baptist Church in Franklin. Today a group of us are planning to slack pack the next 10 miles. Itís suppose to rain, but we should be done before most of it roles through. I was glad to have the opportunity to break in my new boots. It was nice hiking without all the extra weight, however, at mile 2 the rest of the group decided to call it early and get off after 5 miles. I couldnít argue since they were my ride, but I found not being in charge rather ...
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  4. Thursday, April 8, 1:10 pm

    Taking a zero in Erwin, TN today with Brad Servey. He surprised me on Tuesday April 6 by showing up in the parking lot at Sam's Gap after Natures Inn dropped me off in the morning. Neither of us recognized the other. I thought he looked alot like Brad when I saw him but still thought he could not be Brad. He was driving a car for one thing and the last I heard Brad was still hiking the trail. I even looked at him and gave him a thumbs up.

    Brad recognized me first by my PSU hat. He ...
  5. Tuesday, April 6, 5:30 am

    I checked into Natures Inn Hostel last night at 7:30 pm after a long day on the trail. I got two opposing sets of directions from hikers yesterday, both of whom said the hostel was only .2 of a mile from the trail. Both were wrong. Luckily, I had the phone number for another hostel, who gave me the phone number for Natures Inn. I called and a man named Taft, the owner, came and picked me up.

    IN the last three days (April 3, 4, and 5) I have covered 11, 15.9, and 18.1 miles respectively. ...
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