An Appalachian Trail photo blog and other wanderings
Day #7: Zero Day One
Day #7: 3/15/2016
Holiday Inn — Hiawassee
52.9 total AT miles
The Wanderer signing in from Franklin, North Carolina. I’ve had some technical difficulties with live updates. No cell service and battery conservation mean I’ll be updating mostly from towns from this point forward. I’ll spread out posting, but the blog will always be a few days behind where we actually are. That being said, welcome to Hiawassee, Georgia and our fist day off.
After six days of hard hiking with way too much weight in our packs, it’s time for our first zero. Zero’s are what we call our days off. Nero’s are a thing too out here. Near-zero milage days. Personally, I prefer neros as my muscles stiffen up from a day off. That first day back on the trail after a zero is always tough. Then again, a day lounging in a park followed by a soak in a hot tub cannot be beat. Add in a free breakfast, I may never want to leave…
So how do we spend a day off in town? Well, first things first: food. And lots of it.
Laundry. The hotel has a coin-operated washer and dryer that the other guys used. I missed the group trip and couldn’t justify the cost for my few pieces of clothes, especially after less than a week.
Shopping: Moonboots wants a new pair of shorts for hiking and laundry days.
Exploring the town and some R&R.
Resupplying for the next leg.
Lightening the load to save the knees.
Cheap dinner for me.
And, of course, more of that lovely hot tub.
Our next resupply is the town of Franklin in 57 miles. We’re planning for four or five days hiking. See you then!