Days 4-6: Action Packed and Meeting a Hiking Legend
The 4 inches of rainfall during the Gooch Mountain shelter stay was enough to need a good drying out. Thank goodness you can only get so wet!! Linnea and I took down camp in record time, cramming everything into our backpacks, and hiked to Gooch Gap where we were picked up by Nimrod and taken to the new Above the Clouds hostel in Suches, GA.
Talk about swanky!! Hot showers, loaner clothes while yours got washed, pizzas for the toaster oven, a huge resupply room, a fireplace, wifi, endless coffee, the list goes on and on….but the biggest perk was the home-cooked meals!! I mean fruits and veggies too!!
Day 5 was spent slack packing, using a smaller day pack that the hostel ALSO provided for free!, from Neels Gap over Blood Mountain to Jarrard Gap, a 5-mile stretch where a hard-shell bear canister is needed or no camping.
The thrill of the evening was that American hiker legend Nimblewill Nomad was hiking thru and staying at the hostel! He’s 82 years old y’all! We had chicken and dumplings and a bowl full of mixed veggies around the fireplace. With a packed house, we all listened to Nimblewill’s adventure stories and asked a lot of pertinent hiker questions.
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