Uncle Johnny’s Hostel

Tuesday April 24, 2018

I spent yesterday in a warm cabin at Uncles Johnny’s staying warm and sharing laughs with Mom and REBOUND. The weather outside was nasty. The temperature was in the 50’s, with the rain and high winds. I was glad to be inside.

Uncle Johnny’s is a famous place on the AT. Unfortunately, Uncle Johnny passed away earlier this year, but his place is still as lively as ever. The first night we were there the partying lasted until 3am. Some of the wedding guests from SYD THE KID and FRY’S wedding were staying there and they were celebrating! This is the wedding that SOULFLOWER flew east for. She met them while on the AT on 2015.

Meet Steve. This little chihuahua has hiked from the beginning of the trail to here, about 300 miles of trail. He is a cute and friendly little guy.

I said goodbye to REBOUND this morning. Her husband came and picked her up to take her back to Arkansas for a week of rest and to wait out the cold weather.

Blessed

Sunday April 22, 2018

I finely got to met one of my biggest supporters from my thru hike today. Kara aka REBOUND and I met online several years ago as we were both preparing for big hikes and became friends. She is the one who kept me on the trail when I wanted to quit last year during my thru hike. Unfortunately today will be the only day I get to hike with her. She is going home for a week to wait out some cold weather. It has been a really tough season for her. She has had some really cold nights where she has been so cold she couldn’t even sleep. But I feel blessed that I was able to meet her. She seems so awesome and I feel blessed to have met her.

I will be sitting out the next two days and won’t be hiking. The weather looks really bad. Lots of rain moving in and since I don’t have to be out in it I’m choosing to wait it out. I know if I was on trail with SOULFLOWER we would definitely be looking for a dry place to wait it out. I can remember one time while we were on the trail together we did the mileage we had planned over two days in one day just to escape some rain. And ended up taking two zero days to stay dry. Hiking and tenting in the rain is no fun.

Today I hiked south from Erwin to meet REBOUND on the trail. We met up at No Business Ķnob Shelter, a spot I remember taking a snack break with HOOTIE last year. I then turned around with her and followed her back to town.

The views out of Erwin were amazing. The temperature was in the low 50’s when I started at 7:40. I had a 1600 foot climb out of town and I was soon warm. It was mostly cloudy for most of the day with the sun just peaking out occasionally. I ended up hiking almost 12.5 miles for the day.

Trail Friends

Saturday April 21, 2018

I met SOULFLOWER and SHORTCUT for breakfast this morning. The visit was way to short, but great to see them again. We all drove to Clingmans Dome (the highest spot of the AT) where we preceded to hike north to Newfound Gap. Both areas have amazing views of the Smokey Mountains.

SHORTCUT– thank you for breakfast. 😊

We started the hike about 10am with temperatures in the low 40’s. I will admit it was pretty chilly, but a short way into the hike I was taking my jacket off.

I ended up hiking with a thru hiker and a section hiker for most of the hike. The time went by fast with conservation about gear, other trails and generally anything related to hiking. It was a very good day to be outside.

Back on the AT

Friday April 20, 2018

A couple of days ago I decided that if I left at 1am this morning I could be at Max Patch trailhead around 11am to get a hike in today before meeting my girlfriends tomorrow. So of we go at 1am.

I have Mom and Berkley with me. That is Mom in the above picture, way on down the trail. The day was beautiful. It was in the 50’s and very sunny, with a steady wind. This is Mom’s kind of weather and she loved it.

It felt great to be back on the trail. I met Ktom, Steve, Grasshopper and Treeker all thru hikers. There were also a few section hikers and many day hikers out enjoying the trail.

My plans for this upcoming week are up in the air. The weather looks HORRIBLE starting Sunday night. Since I don’t have to hike in the rain I just may choose not to.

Stay tuned…

OH YEAH BABY…

I’M GOING HIKING!!!

Sunday April 15, 2018

I’m taking an impromptu trip to meet up with the two women that I summited Katahdin with last year.

SOULFLOWER is heading east from Colorado for a wedding in Tennessee. SHORTCUT and I are driving up from Florida to see her. These two women that I meet on the trail have become great friends.

After a short visit with them I will then head up to Erwin, Tennessee to join REBOUND, who is thru hiking the AT. She attempted to thru hike two years ago and almost made it all the way before her body gave out on her. She had less then 300 miles to go. She was a huge supporter for me during my hike. So I hope to return the favor. She is a very strong woman and I can’t believe she is starting again from the very beginning.