We woke up earlier than normal, as we needed to hike 7.2 miles by 10:30 a.m. for our shuttle into town. The hike was relatively easy with only one real climb, and it was fairly brief. We got to Winding Stair Gap for our pickup at 10 but around 10:45 realized our shuttle probably wasn’t coming. A past thruhiker named “Adele” came through, and we hitched a ride into Franklin with him. We checked into Gooder Grove Hostel, which was essentially a 3-bedroom home outfitted with 30 bunk beds (mostly in the basement). A shower is included with our stay, so we didn’t much care and all showered immediately.