Unicoi Gap to Dicks Creek Gap

What a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo…hiking my most miles to date — 16.7!

Mileage

AT miles – 69.3
Day’s miles – 16.7
Time – 7.5 hrs
Pace – 2.23mph


Equipment
All Star of the Day
97cent Walmart Poncho


Inspiration
of the Day
This snail.  Now that’s determination to make it to the top of Tray Mountain.  And just look at that pack…HUGE!


Food
eaten today
It started off a little wet and
1 bowl of Captain Crunch, Hot Buufalo Style Tuna pack, 2 0.28oz Slim Jims, 1 Snickers, 1 Nature Valley Salty Nut bar.  BTW I’m not eating enough but carrying a lot of food.

The Hike

. The Hike started out a little late with our shuttle from the Top of Georgia hostel.  Today, Miner, FlipFlop and Maggie hiked from Unicoi Gap to Dicks Creek Gap.  The hope was to make to make it back in time for the 4pm shuttle into town to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Miner made it, the rest didn’t. 

Miner and FlipFlop are headed home tomorrow after Miner runs for the NC GA border, so Maggie and I are our own.  Maybe Shauna and others will join us.

When we got to Unicoi Gap trailhead, Jean and Art Thompson were back at it providing some trail magic again.  They drive down once a year to provide back to the hikers after their son, Bowtie, completed the AT.  Thank you thank you thank you. 

It still amazes me that people are so giving.  It’s something I can barely wrap my head around.  Drive 8 hours to GIVE food, drinks and snacks to sweaty, dirty, homeless looking people who really need a shower.  

You Trail Angels are real life angels.  Giving with No strings attached. When hikers, especially me, come across your magic, it lifts my spirit and belief in humanity. We choose to do this – hike big miles to sleep in the forest and go without life’s essentials.  You make it easier for us Hikers.

Jean and Art Thompson from Memphis

So we had our coffee and some bacon before we headed out in the rain. 

The trek up Tray Mtn wasn’t too tough.  Steep …but would have been worse if we weren’t slack packing.  It was foggy and rainy, but the wind was minimual which was greatly appreciated for a long hiking day. 

But it was a whole other matter going up to Dismal Knob.  Straight up…forever. 

After that Dismal hill, we were ready for the down.. and down was for a long time.

I wasn’t a big fan of slackers, but now see the value.  Instead of a 2 day hike, we did it in one.  We didn’t have to sleep in the cold and rain…bonus!  Also, slacking could be a good alternative to a zero or nero.  See the difference in size.

Overall, the day was good.

Back at the hostel we’ve run into some otger trail fiends.  Late Start now being called Wet Blanket is here, Shauna arrived too and got great news about going to Nepal in November for All Hands Volunteer (hands.org)  A BIG congrats to her. Also, the New Zealanders (Kate and Nica) are here.

  Also, Miner shared his ice cream sandwiches.  Yummers

Tomorrow’s another day and NC here I come.

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