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    Default Live in ATL. Davenport gap to Sams gap logistics?

    Experienced ~18-20 mile a day section hiker with dialed in gear. Going next month in May 2024. Unable, unwilling to leave my vehicle anywhere.
    Taking shuttle/logistics recommendations.

    Last resort is girlfriend drops me at Davenport gap (7 hrs round trip Atlanta) and picks me up at Samís gap (7+ hrs round trip).
    There must be a better way.

    Thanks in advance.
    -Jingle Bells (aka Pinball)

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    I live in ATL, have done the trip to Davenport Gap twice, it's about 4 1/4- 4.5 hours via Asheville/I-40. Not wanting to leave your car somewhere makes it hard. If you're worried about security at either end, consider leaving your car at Standing Bear (where the trail crosses I-40, couple miles from Davenport Gap) and shuttle from there. Your car will be safe at Standing Bear, shuttle to Sam's Gap and hike south.

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    Always recommended to walk to your car.

    Park at NaturesInn near Sams Gap or Johnnys in Erwin - Add mileage to Erwin, or shuttle into Erwin from Sams Gap.
    Reverse trip and park at Standing Bear.

    Travelling Lite Shuttles is based in Asheville.
    Or Unicoi shuttles in Erwin.
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    This is great. Thank you both. Iím going to call around to get warm fuzzies about where to leave my car.

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    PinballATL this is not the answer you are looking for, but I am curious why you are against the trailside parking? If luxury/ nice vehicle is the case I understand but if its just a daily driver I can attest to parking on the side of the road being as safe as a Walmart parking lot. Over 150 backpacking trips roadside parking, never a doording let alone a broken window etc.

    but if you insist on not parking trailside, yes parking at a hostel is your next best bet.
    Trail Miles: 5,154.2
    AT Map 1:
    ✔ | 13-21'
    Sheltowee Trace: ✔ | 20-23'
    Pinhoti Trail: ✔ | 23-24'
    Foothills Trail: ✔ | 24'
    GSMNP900: 134.7(17%)
    AT Map 2: 279.4
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    Hostel warm fuzzies received. Problem solved. Thanks for the ridiculously quick help and engagement. This is particularly exciting because I feel like it opens a door to continue sectioning North that I really never thought existed.

    Indeed Gambit. I have a decent late model vehicle and humorously, curiously bad luck with lifeís big2 assets (house/car) be it from vandals, police, weather- you name it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinballATL View Post
    Hostel warm fuzzies received. Problem solved. Thanks for the ridiculously quick help and engagement. This is particularly exciting because I feel like it opens a door to continue sectioning North that I really never thought existed.

    Indeed Gambit. I have a decent late model vehicle and humorously, curiously bad luck with life’s big2 assets (house/car) be it from vandals, police, weather- you name it.
    Hey I get it, sometimes its best to go with your gut/ resolve even if it means a bit more legwork, if it puts your mind at ease its worth it. Same as driving back to the house to check that the garage door is closed...
    Trail Miles: 5,154.2
    AT Map 1:
    ✔ | 13-21'
    Sheltowee Trace: ✔ | 20-23'
    Pinhoti Trail: ✔ | 23-24'
    Foothills Trail: ✔ | 24'
    GSMNP900: 134.7(17%)
    AT Map 2: 279.4
    CDT: 210.9
    BMT: 52.7

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    Amtrak can get you reasonably close ( long shuttle) in mid to north Virginia and right to it in Harpers Ferry with a connection in DC.

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    Will add costs but fly into Asheville or TriCities from ATL, shuttle to trail, and shuttle back to airport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennessee Viking View Post
    Will add costs but fly into Asheville or TriCities from ATL, shuttle to trail, and shuttle back to airport.
    A good idea. Especially as a replacement to your wife having to do all that driving. Still not a bad idea likewise
    Trail Miles: 5,154.2
    AT Map 1:
    ✔ | 13-21'
    Sheltowee Trace: ✔ | 20-23'
    Pinhoti Trail: ✔ | 23-24'
    Foothills Trail: ✔ | 24'
    GSMNP900: 134.7(17%)
    AT Map 2: 279.4
    CDT: 210.9
    BMT: 52.7

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    Thanks- Iím sure the flights are going to become a thing after this section or the next. Iím pumped about my hike but dreading driving home alone dirty/smelly/sore for 4.5 hours.

    While we are at it:
    Any highlights of my Davenport to Samís section?
    -Pass thru Hot Springs will be cool and a first for me. I thought Mountain Crossings going thru building was cool.
    -Will take a short break in Max Patch.
    -Highly likely trail magic I should count on?
    -Is the Cookie Lady in my section? Is she on a side trail?

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    Highlights
    Standing Bear Hostel
    FAA Beacon
    Max Patch
    Lovers Leap
    Mill Ridge
    Rich Mtn Firetower
    Viking Mtn - Jones Meadows/Blackstack Cliffs
    Exposed Trail
    Big Butt meadows
    Laurel Shelton Graves
    Access to Rocky Fork State Park at Flint Gap
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    Thanks! Thatís a longer list than expected.
    Iím pumped. Iíve graduated to practicing locally with fully pack weight and will be the most prepared I have ever been for a section. Usually for my sections I train prior with some* weight in pack, but not heavy enough and end up with really challenging soreness during/after.

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