Reunited and doing well
Made it to Roan Mountain
Well I made it to Roan Mountain, TN and experienced the wonderful hospitality of several Hostels along the way. Hiker Hostels provide a hiker friendly environment. Here the hiker can get a place to sleep, shower, wash clothes, and resupply. Here is a list of Hostels that I stayed at along the way.
Elmer’s Sunnybank Inn, in Hot Springs, NC: Elmer provides a very relaxed environment for the hiker in a historical home. The Sunnybank Inn is conveniently located in downtown Hot Springs so stores and restaurants are in walking distance.
Uncle Johnnys, in Erwin, TN: Uncle Johnny offers many options to hikers for overnight stays. He also provides shuttles throughout the day to ensure there is ample opportunity for hikers to get to restaurants and to resupply at a local Walmart or grocery store.
Greasy Creek Friendly: CiCi makes you feel at home through her genuine caring and attention to the needs of the hiker.
Mountain Harbor Hostel: This Hostel was located fairly close to the trail head, offered an awesome ‘hiker-sized’ breakfast, and had a food truck located on the premises.
Stanimals, in Waynesboro, VA: Adam runs a top notch Hiker Hostel where you feel you are at home. He has a fleet of cars to shuttle people around town, to/from trail heads, and to other regional destinations at a reasonable price.
You probably noticed that the last Hostel listed was in Virginia. It was during my hike over Roan Mountain that I made the decision to jump up the trail to reunite with my son Andrew. Andrew’s trail name is Orphan Andy, and there was an effort to rename me as Daddy Warbucks. The way the AT works is that you can skip forward as long as you go back and finish the missed sections you can still get credit for hiking the entire trail. For me it involved two shuttle rides and a Greyhound bus ride between Johnson City, TN and Charlottesville, VA. I have reached a point in my hike, close to 400 miles, where I feel that I can keep pace with my son who had made significantly progress on the trail while I was honing my hiking posture.
Summer seems to be here
The weather alongside the trail is warming up, but there is still the chance of a cool spell so I retain my puffy jacket and 30degree sleeping bag. There have been kitsch of reports from hikers that they have seen bear cubs along the trail. I’m still waiting to see my first bear.
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