Got started late after a pancake breakfast and a long drive. We got back to Clingmans Dome then headed north. We stopped for the day at Mt. Collins Shelter. It will be a cold night but no shelter drama so that's good!
Started out at a good time and as we hiked we saw a rabbit jump across the trail then freeze before hopping off. It seemed fitting for Easter! Rolled into Newfound Gap and there was a guy(racewalker) who's wife had snacks and coffee. There were lots of people at the gap and it was overwhelming. We continuned up to Charlie's Bunion then on to the old Charlie's bunion for lunch. Ended up at Pecks Corner Shelter foe the night.
4/21/2014 12.9 miles
Got going at 8:30 and had a good morning. Found a nice place for lunch. Had a tough afternoon. Got into Cosby Knob shelter for the night in the tent city. Caught up to a bunch of folks.
4/22/2014 10.7 Miles
Started at 7:20 and got ahead of most everyone. Blasted through Davenport gap and kept on. We arrived at Standing Bear Hostel after crossing Little Pigeon River
and under I-40. We met Rocket and Curtis and got the treehouse for the night. Hung out and got chores done. A good night.
4/23/2014 13.8 Miles
Got going slowly this morning but got up to Snowbird Bald in good time with a little trail magic of sodas and chips. Pushed on with the group we hung out with the night before: Joe, Shane, Scout, Arie, Tomahawk, and Lasso. Got to Max Patch and chilled on the top for a while. Headed down and setup camp at a close campsite. We all went up back on the bald with our sleeping bags and laid out. There was about 40 or so people, all hiker trash! It was a spectacular sunset and the stars were sparkling 360°.
4/24/2014 16.1 Miles
Got going to music in the morning and headed out l. we had lots of good breaks and got to the last shelter before Hot Springs. Headed into town tomorrow.
4/25/2014 3.2 Miles
Got up to a little rain and did a short hike into Hot Springs. Got a room at the Laughing Heart Hostel. We then went to the Smoky Mountain Diner for breakfast. Then chores reaupplying and laundry. Bumped into lots of people we had seen previously. Got invited to a home dinner so we checked it out. A local couple, Mrs. Sally who had also lived in Augusta for 11 years, had a huge spaghetti dinner. They also had the rest of our group camping there with showers and laundry. stayed late after dinner then walked on the AT back to the hostel.
4/26/2014 0 Miles
We left the hostel and headed to Sally's house. Got a big breakfast and headed back out to town. Muzzle got a BB gun and we all had fun with that! We then went to the river running through Sally's yard and tubed and soaked in the swimming hole. Ate a great dinner at the Diner then to the bar to hang out. Got lucky and got a guest bedroom in Sally's house for the night!
4/27/2014 11 Miles
Up with a breakfast. Got going with the group and ended up at Spring Mountain Shelter. Lots of people and good times.
4/28/2014 15.4 Miles
Had a good day with some fun breaks and lots of big ups. Went over the ridge trail with some bad weather and it was a bit terrifying but a blast! Jerry Cabin Shelter for the night!
4/29/2014 14.7 Miles
Rain over night. Woke up to a wet tent but dry everything else!!! Hiked some pretty ridges then got to Devil Fork Gap got a quick ride to a store down the street to resupply a little then got a ride back to the trail. It was a engineer for BMW who drove us back to the trail 4 smelly hikers in a nice 2015 BMW zipping down the road like space aliens. Got to Hogback Mountian Shelter for the night. Was filtering water and my Platypus busted all over my feet. Oh well we can get a new one in Erwin
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