Category Archives: Week 2 on the Trail

Week 2: Days 12-14; North Carolina Line to Nantahalla Outdoor Center

Day 12

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.

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Week 2: Days 9-11; Dicks Creek Gap Crossing Into North Carolina

Day 9

Today will be our first true zero day. I admit that waking up in a hotel rather than my tent is a welcomed delight. My knee has been incredibly sore the last two days, so the rest is helping the pain. I had breakfast with Keith; Red Coat, a guy from England who appropriately wears a red puffy; and Daniel, a Broadway pianist/conductor.

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