Day 7 Thursday March 30, 2017 Mile: 47.9 to 58.3 8:13am - 4:45pm Today involved major ups and downs named Blue Mountain, Rocky Mountain, and Tray Mountain. Each summit peaked out over 4,000 feet elevation. I sure do love my Cresta hiker boots, they are made for climbing. The first decent landed us in Unicoi Gap just in time for trail magic hosted by a local church group. It was the best hamburger we had ever eaten even though it looked and felt liked the leather on my boots.
Day 6: March 29, 2017 Mile 35.7 to 47.9 8:57am to 5:15pm Stealth camped alone, tented We didn't get much sleep last night. As we were setting up camp this guy comes wandering through the area. He did not come from a trail and he didn't leave by a trail. I said hi as he passed by. He looked at me but made no acknowledgment of my greeting. He was dressed in a t-shirt and town shorts. What was so odd was the fact we were miles from any road or civilization and the way he disappe
Day 5: March 28, 2017 Mile 26.4 to 35.7 8:50am to 5:45pm We made it up and over Blood Mountain today then down into Neel Gap. Most hikers cringe at this climb. It stands at 4457 feet elevation but isn't all that difficult to climb. When you are used to hiking in Maine this was a piece of cake but I will admit the decent was a little tough on the knees. Neel Gap is the first milestone for northbound hikers. It's here that many decide trail life is not for them and they head ho
Day 4 March 27, 2017 Mile 15.8 to 26.4 8:50am to 5:15pm Tented at Jarred Gap Shelter GA Today was a nice day of hiking with only a tiny bit of rain. The trail is packed with hikers and many of them have canine companions. I am a fury friend lover but I feel so bad for the dogs. Most of them do not look happy to be out there, especially the thru hiking pets. Most of the owners are responsible and leash their four-legged partners but it's always that one who doesn't who has the