Day #8: 3/16/2016
Hiawassee –> Sassafrass Gap
63.3 Total AT miles
I wake exhausted at 7am with the rest of the crew. They are being kind and waking me for breakfast. I am starving. I always am. But today, I’m sleep deprived and want only to stay in bed. Still, food and friends call.
The Appalachian trail is all about the people; fellow hikers and those that support them. I love the experience, but man, I still need my time alone. I find it on the trail in the struggles where everyone is wrapped up in the struggle of the moment. Right foot; left foot; hiking poles push; keep moving. I thrive in movement. In town, I find it at night after everyone else has gone to bed.
Leaving the sanctuary of our hotel room. Two queen size beds and a pullout couch… hiker heaven.
Shuttles are available everywhere out here. Still, we hitchhike. It’s free and you meet the most amazing, friendly people. It doesn’t take long before a car pulls a u-turn to pick us up. Canuck and I jump in the car with the man who asked to be left unnamed even if he did leave a comment with his name. He takes us on a wild ride showing what the Lexus can do. Thank you!!!
Moonboots, Shaggy, and Bambi are right behind us. People here in the south are more friendly than you’d ever believe. Unless your from the south. I here us northerners can be a bit arrogant.
I stopped for a minute on the climb to talk with Rockkicker. He thru-hiked the trail earlier in life and now spends his time taking care of it for us to enjoy. Thanks for your hard work RockKicker! Hikers, do your part and kick one dangerous rock off the trail everyday.
Canuck leaves us today. He’s waiting on a package in Hiawassee, the town we just left. It did not arrive in time and he must hitch back in. Good luck Canuck! See you soon my friend!
Part of our nightly chores is hanging our food from hungry bears. If we screw up and the bear gets our food, they get used to the easy food source and become a danger.