The First 100
I’m laying across a bed at the Saphire Inn in Franklin, NC. It’s awesome. My hair is clean, my clothes are dry, and I ate an amazing pancake breakfast courtesy of the First Baptist Church in town. Legendary.
Please excuse the typos I am sure are making this post unreadable. I thought I was a pro at the iPhone keyboard but it kinda sucks to use! Oh well…
Its snowed a little, it’s rained a little, but most important of all we’ve made it 100 miles! (If you want to be precise, and believe me, I do, we’ve now made it 109.8 miles which surpasses the longest backpacking trip any of my siblings has done by 2 miles. So there)
Everything is ~radical~ and ~groovy~ though my boyfriend (Lil’ Santa) keeps sliding downhill in our tent and getting his sleeping bag wet. He also keeps trying to steal my sleeping pad on the middle of the night because apperently, one is not enough.
I havent et gotten a hang of how much food I actually need, so my food bag remains the heaviest thing in my pack. But I have discovered that not all packaged tuna is bad (Lil Santa disagrees) and that the Cheddar Broccoli Pasta side is my current favorite.
Im also feeling stronger and more mighty every day! Yesterday we decided we wanted to get to town so we hiked 16 miles! And we hiked it like it ain’t no thang! Even though I’ve never hiked that far ever in my life all at once! It was awesome!
Also: trail Angels are going buck wild it’s outta control! (Not that I’m complaining) lets just say I’ve had some of the best food and amazing kindness from strangers on this trip. And the memory of pulled pork and baked beans followed by omlettes and sandwiches the next morning will live on in my memory as the most disgustingly full and happy I’ve ever been. If you’re thru hiking in 2017 I RECCOMEND being in Deep Gap (NC, not GA) for Easter, Tarheel and his omlette Angels will take darn good car of you.
Anyway, if you’re thru hiking right now or about to start, know that it DOES get easier after Georgia (except that first climb in NC kills) at least so far. And make sure if you stop in Hiawassee you go to the Bear Meadow Grill. It’s not in AWOL but they have good beer on draft and amazing half pound burgers. It’s just a little further down from the AYCE place and well worth the extra .25 miles in my opinion.
I e also really been using the guthook app a lot (I got a copy of it for free, though was never asked for a review) I would purchase it for sure! we look at our AWOL guide for planning but mostly use guthook during the day.
Aright folks, I’m off to eat some food and drink some beer! Peace! Can’t wait for the next 100!
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