NOC, it’s a 3 from me!

Day 26

NOC 0  Miles.  AT mile 136.9

So let me try and describe the NOC. It’s a bit like a crap YHA hostel only more expensive, less maintained and you pay $5 extra for a towel.  To say that for such an iconic stop on the AT, that it was a bit of a let down, is something of an understatement.

Any way there were breakfast beers for chris followed by yoga, somewhat of an unusual morning regime but each to there own.

Our minds soon turn to breakfast, but we had been warned that nothing opened till 11.  They only do breakfast on the weekend and the waitress reminded us it was only Thursday.  I had a Bloody Mary and some chicken pasta dish which was far to rich for breakfast, so I only ate half.

There was a great debate around the table about how far the next few stages were, after all in the bunk room Far Out suggested it was only 14 miles to Fontana.  In the end we cleared it up and it is the 30 odd we had expected.

Now I know we were warned that the Re supply was not the best at the general store but it was poor.  There was not even the hiker staple of tortillas.  I was able to scramble enough together not to starve at least.

We put on some laundry, which at $7 was not to bad and we hit the bar.  $19 double Hendricks Gin and Lemonade.  I could have fallen through the floor, but I’d been craving one for a few days.

Any way the wash was done and I offered to move all the clothes into the dryer, and by the time I was done the guys had moved into the restaurant bar area, as the other was open to the wind which was cold.

After about 30 mins I started to itch, I went outside to take a look and sure enough there were welts forming on my skin.  I call Kegstand out for a second opinion who immediately goes to the store to buy benidrill, which I take.

Maybe 20 mins later, whilst talking to Meg she asked if the benidrill were none drowsy pills?  Apparently not and I needed to go to bed.

Some how I made it to the bunk house, to where Slip and Slide was, I said something like “I’m having a allergic reaction, I’ve taken pills, sleep”. And I pass out.

I woke up 7 hours later to pizza! Thanks slip and slide!  He knew I would be starving when I came round so there was a meat feast waiting for me.

It was an itchy nights sleep, but the care showed to me by people who were strangers just days ago simply blows my mind.  I can’t thank them enough.

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