Saturday October 7, 2017
Unicoi Gap, GA to Neel Gap, GA 21.2 miles
Total mileage 2132.7
I have breakfast from the ExxonMobil station across the street from the Budget Inn in Hiawassee where I stayed the night last night. I bought a chocolate milk, 440 calories and a muffin 600 calories! I had a breakfast totaling 1040 calories. How does a muffin even contain 600 calories. It’s no wonder the general population is overweight.
Our weather today was pretty nasty compared to the past few days. It was foggy, misting/raining and just plain ugly. But at least it was a slackpack. This area was hit pretty good by Hurricane Irma and there were reports of 160 down trees on the trail. We have been going under, over and around downed trees since Tennessee /North Carolina, but Georgia has had the most downed so far. It has also had the most trail clean up done.
I still have 4 more days of hiking to finish the trail and Hurricaine/tropical storm Nate to deal with. The weather calls for 100% chance of rain for tomorrow. I have a short 10 mile day planned. Hopefully it won’t take longer than 4 hours to complete.
My men (Jim and Berkley) picked me up today. I won’t be separated from them any longer. They will be with me until the end of the trail and I will go home with them.
Today I am thankful for being with my family again!