Carter Gap 2 Winding Stair Gap

8 May 2017

Mileage
AT –  109.5
Day – 15.8
Time – 8.5hr
Speed – 1.87mph

Big miles today!  AND Big hills.  However, enroute we passed Bettys Creek…a nice little spot.  It reminded me about the love of my life…

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Today, we hit our first 5K hill in Albert Mountain and the fire tower.  It was like scrambling up rocks….
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But once you get to the top…beauty!

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Shortly after Albert Mountain, I hit another Big milestone — 100 miles!

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Then just a few more hills followed before we could make it into Franklin, NC.  The hostel of choice is Gooder Grove Hostel.  Zen, OP and the team do it right for hikers!  They treat you like family and not just a dollar figure.  If you come to Franklin NC and don’t stay here…YOU missed out!

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Zen

OP

OP

Our shuttle into Franklin was….interesting.  Thank you Miss Berverly for not killing us.  That was one packed Kia Sportage with everyone carry their packs in their laps.

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Finally, I will be leaving the trail for a short break.  Home matters require my attention, but I will be back here in about a week continuing my trek north…Destination Katahdin!

Thanks to some special people who I had the pleasure to hike with.  Karl&Keith, Miner&FlipFlop and finally the two gals who kept me moving on down the trail — Shauna & Maggie.

An extra BIG thanks goes out to Shauna & Maggie because you never complained about this old guy.  You made my first 100 miles — memorable.  I pray you both get the needed rest tomorrow on your zero and that Shauna’s feet get better…new shoes will go a long way…and don’t forget those new poles.

Best wishes to you both on your trek of life!

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