April 3

Day 4 Lower Gap shelter to Unicoi Gap (9.7 miles)

Well, they were right about the rain. Started at 6 AM and light rain with some downpours mixed in all day.

Started out shortly before 8 AM. Yesterday was physically challenging. Today very mental. The below is early AM light rain with a little fog.

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I have a rain poncho that covers myself and pack. Sounds good in theory but was a pain. Very difficult to get on by yourself. Tried putting on before and after I had pack on. Neither good…but everything pretty dry.

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It may be difficult to see in photo below but the trail was virtually a river on steeper portions.

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At Unicoi Gap I was able to get a ride from a shuttle driver to Hiawasee, GA. Staying at Budget Inn tonight. $40 cash rate. Been able to shower, wash a load of clothes, and eat at Subway. Living large!

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Almost forgot…and getting a pizza delivered to go with my 6 pack of Bud.

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Hoping to make 16.7 miles tomorrow. If I can, will be able to sleep in a bunkhouse. Weather is supposed to be good tomorrow but iffy rest of week.

Happy trails!

14 thoughts on “April 3

  1. Enjoying your updates, Pete… keep ’em coming!

    Going to be interesting to see how you settle into routines to deal with the physical
    and mental challenges of your trek. Looks beautiful out there.

    Take care!

    John Lundeen

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  2. Looking pretty happy with that Bud in your hand! Sounds like you have already gained a greater appreciation for the small Creature Comforts in life.

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  3. Pictures and dialogue are great! Trail appears very well marked,just follow the flowing water. The Hiawassee Inn probably felt like a Ritz-Carlton particularly the Budweiser part. Enjoy!

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  4. I was wondering when you might get to enjoy some brew!! Hats off to you Jeff. Love reading about your adventures. You certainly deserve a few days inside 4 walls ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  5. I was wondering when you might get to enjoy some brew!! Hats off to you Jeff. Love reading about your adventures. You certainly deserve a few days inside 4 walls ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  6. Looking pretty happy my friend. A six pack of bud, shower and bed will do it for anyone. You’re in like Flynn. Keep it going. Lots of charities rooting for you along with your friends… you got this!!!

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