Pinhoti Trail: Zeroing In Cave Spring

Day: 28


Yesterday’s Goals:

Eat, relax, but mostly EAT


Activities of The Day:

I have always had a hard time sleeping in new places. Last night was no exception. I finally fell asleep around four this morning after getting up for gummy bears and ice cream. I woke at eight and decided to sit on the porch and watch the world go by while I rolled the cork ball under my feet.

I talked to my cousin, sister, and nephew during that time. I had an excellent morning. I walked over to the catfish restaurant. I ordered one piece of catfish with green beans, a cheeseburger with fries, and a Coke to wash it down. I ate about half the cheeseburger and fries while I had a one-bite catfish sample. I wouldn’t say I liked it all that much. I don’t care for fish anyway, but I had to try it at least.

After eating, I went to the grocery store to get my resupply. I came back to the Inn and loaded my food bag up.

I was hanging out and relaxing when the Author of the Pinhoti Trail Thru-Hikers Manual, Scot Ward, visited me.

The “Thru-Hiker’s Manual” for the Pinhoti Trail book

We talked for a while. When Scot left, I went across the street to Evergreen Patio. I bought his book, a bracelet for my youngest son, and a few other items.

The Bracelet I Bought For My Youngest Son (after his permission, of course)

The sky opened up while I was checking out, so I sat out in front of the store for a while, then decided to go to the antique store where I found this kitty.

Sleepy Kitty

The rain slowed down, so I returned to the Inn; as I was relaxing, two hikers, a father/son combo, entered the Inn. After talking, they went upstairs and settled in as I sat down to read the manual when they came down and talked about hiking for a long while. We then all went to a BBQ restaurant for dinner.

After dinner and back at the Inn, they went upstairs to prepare for tomorrow, and I settled in and watched television. The dad came down after a while, and we talked about hiking and life in general. His son joined us a little while later and continued talking until it was time for them to head to bed.

I talked to my oldest son for a while and am now doing this. I will be going to bed here myself shortly. Hopefully, I will sleep tonight.

End of Day Photo

What’s Ahead:

Tomorrow morning, I will be relaxing some more. Then, around one, my shuttle arrives to take me to High Point Trailhead. The trail has a rough start, going from 741 feet to 1,332 feet in a mile and a half. I am planning on doing at least six to seven miles tomorrow afternoon.


Relax in the morning, eating the rest of my ice cream and some popcorn I bought. Then, around one, go to the trailhead and start hiking for six to seven miles.


Mileage of the day: 0
Mileage on Trail: 190/350
Days on Trail: 28
Number of Zero’s: 5
Number of Nero’s: 5
States: Alabama, Georgia
Trails completed:
The good: Being able to relax
The Bad: Today was perfect

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Comments 3

  • Jafer Beizer : Mar 5th

    You are making great progress on the Pinhoti, hopefully the weather gets better, Highpoint to Dalton is going to be a tough section. I’m near the dry creek trailhead, let me know if you need anything.

    • None Given : Mar 5th

      I appreciate the offer! My post are several days behind me for safety. Yes coming down onto Keown Falls was a very painful experience! New shoes have solved that problem though. If this rain would go away life would be great! Not seeing that happen anytime soon. Thank you for the support and the offer!

  • Jafer Beizer : Mar 5th

    Be safe out there and good luck with the rest of your journey. At least its a warm rain! Once you get into Dalton check out The Filling Station or Willies Famus Burgers (go for the voodoo catfish sandwich) for some good eats. Hopefully you have a shuttle from Dalton to skip the road walk.


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