Just can’t wait to get on the trail again… After having a night of camping at the Top of Georgia Hostel, I got my laundry, had a shower and resupplied my rations. My hiking partner, SOIL (southern IL) and I moved on up the mountain. We put in 16 + to get over the GA/NC line. The days are already starting to run together but we camped out next to a shelter as it was full with 8 people. The next day we logged another 16+ to a shelter that held 16, sort of a double decker. But to get to it we had to hike up and over Mt Albert. And he ain’t no prince in a can. Very tough climb up rocks to a fire tower and we couldn’t see a thing cause of the fog and rain. After that we got to the post and beam shelter, probably the nicest one’s along the trail. The pre built it at the “factory” and put it in place in one piece via helicopter. Today we hiked another 10+. All of our stuff was soaked from the day before and so we came off the trail in Franklin NC. A man was waiting at the road to give us free orange juice and coffee. He even gave me a free fuel canister that another hiker left with him. Tomorrow we are treated to a free breakfast via a local church and then its back on the trail again. I’m learning to take each moment as it comes. As miserable as I was at times climbing in the rain yesterday, I am just a s content now with gracious people, a new set of hiking poles form Walmart and half a Dominoes pizza.
I passed my first week, my first 100 miles and my first state. Next up is the Smokies in about a week or less. By then I should be in better aerobic shape. Getting through there will be my second big marker, the first being GA.
Computer connection is very sketchy at the hostels and hotels and on my phone so please be patient, pics and color to follow. Suffice to say I am so grateful for everyone praying for me supporting me and cheering me on.