Pancakes, Pubs, & Playing Real-Life Frogger
Throughout the night I could hear raindrops hitting the rain fly of my tent. Fortunately when the sun was coming up, the rain had stopped so I didn’t have to tear down camp in the rain.
We had a short hike from Gooch Gap into Woody Gap where we hung out waiting for our shuttle driver. On our hike this morning, we dubbed Karson as Drama Queen, or DQ. I’m just going to leave it at that. The trail name may not stick but it’s fitting until something better comes along. Right as we were walking up, these precious Trail Angels, PTL and Sue, were getting stuff out to make pancakes. We hung out, drank some Gatorade, and sat in their camp chairs while they were making a wicked breakfast feast. They had pancakes and sausage which hit the spot.
The shuttle drivers pulled up and 8 of us hopped in to go to Dahlonega. After a whole check-in fiasco, we finally got our rooms. I decided to stay back while the group went off to do laundry. I did the sniff test and came to the conclusion that my clothes weren’t too bad. “Hiker laundry” would have to be the move as I opted for some time to myself. As incredible as the community is on the trail, I think it’s important to take time to yourself to decompress. A warm shower and some FaceTime calls back home were just what I needed.
Looking out the windows at the hint of blue sky was disheartening, as I wished I was out getting more miles, but knowing I’d be thankful tomorrow that I was out of the storm. I spent the afternoon being lazy in my room but went out to a delicious dinner in the town square of Dahlonega. It was quite the adventure toting 10 hikers down the streets. We went to this Irish Pub names Shenanigans. Our waitress, First Gear, hiked the AT a couple years ago so it was fun to chat with her while we were there.
Sitting down to dinner after a few days on the trail is rewarding even early on. While walking back to our hotel the Flower Children, Daisy & Violet, went off chasing a cat they saw right off the street. We became experts at playing real-life Frogger while trying to cross traffic. I feel like I’m getting just a glimpse of how great town days will be and it’s only the beginning.
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