Day 4 – From Neel Gap-Low Gap
3 May 2017
AT Miles – 42.9
Miles today – 11.5
Low Gap Shelter due to pending thunderstorms over night.
Inspiration for the day
Shauna Riddensdale – I ran into Shauna at Gooch Shelter. I mentioned earlier aboit the three who inspired me hike additional the other day… well, Shauna started it all off. She was the first to “go the extra mile”. That day she hiked 13+ miles. That’s awesome.
We met up with her again here at Low Gap Shelter. The rain drove her to seek shelter too.
Photo of Shauna
Neel Gap….all I have good to say is that it has food for resupply AND they allowed us to tent in the upper area for free.
It’s a business and from the interaction several of our group had with them, it was not customer focused. It’s definitely about the money and getting their “email list” grown. Oh, I will say the guy working at 5pm (closing time) did remain open a little late to make sakes. Really a outfitter who closes at 5pm who is on the AT?
Today started late due to arriving too late last night to get my food. However while waiting, I met these two guys that have to end their section hike early due to incoming weather. So they offer any food I want from tgeir packs. I took some tuna and two Mountain House meals since I’ll be stopping in two days at Hiawassee. High priced meals for free…I’m in.
Photo of 2 dudes
Finally, I’ve ran into several foreigners…that”s coolio. One on particular stands out — The Spainard!
Our paths crossed at the last water source before hiking 4.5 miles to Low Gap Shelter. I thought nothing about it he was friendly and he didn’t speak any English. Later, we find him about a mile Low Gap Shelter saying “No Water”! Once O figured he meant he had no water, I poured him some of mine. He only had a 16oz water bottle… He’s here tonight…safe and sound. The trail provides… Today it was me, but I also received!
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