Day #6: 3/14/2016
Low Gap Shelter —> Unicoi Gap
Total AT miles: 52.9
Whooosh! Another car speeds past our outstretched thumbs. At least this driver acknowledged us. Canuck’s done a bit of hitchhiking through Canada and says her gesture, pointing down the road, means she’s only headed one exit up. I’m getting frustrated and I keep stepping in a puddle behind me.
“Don’t worry,” he says. “Hitchhiking’s a numbers game. It only takes one good one.” I’m not worried. I want my bicycle so I could just ride the eleven miles. Splash. I stepped in the puddle again! Dammit!!! AHHH!!!!
Another car whooshes past leaving behind a trail of mist. Our heads snap backwards to see if they stop. They don’t. Again and again. I’m going crazy. I’m cold and wet. Bounce to stay warm. Watch the puddle. They’re stopping! They’ve stopped!!!
We take off running forgetting the feeling of rejection each passing car dug into our hearts. Canuck jumps in the front seat. Owl and I sit in the back with the circular saw, packs on our laps. Erin delivers us drooled at the Holiday Inn in Hiawassee where Moonboots, Bambi, and Shaggy have a room.