Week two, we have hiked through rain and mud. Two days ago, we took a nero (near zero miles on the trail) in Hiawassee, GA. We had dinner at the Hiawassee Brew. On our hike before town, we met two yoyo (hiked to Maine and turned around and hiked back) hikers, Timber and DaVinci, with really positive vibes.
We headed back to the trail at Dicks Creek Gap after our stay in town and hiked 11.8 miles. We crossed the state line into North Carolina and camped at Muskrat Creek Shelter. We have climbed our first 5000+ foot mountain. Some of the trail was an old road beds. We wondered how in the world they got those old trucks up and down the switchbacks. Slept a night at Carter Gap shelter. Lots of blow downs here and lots of dead trees standing. We had at least 50mph wind gusts and rain and our tent got wrecked just before 6am. Because of our good planning, we were able to repair if for now.
The next day we hiked 8.7 miles to another camp. The tent stayed together and the camp was nice and quiet next to a beautiful stream. We hiked to Winging Stair Gap to shuttle to Franklin, NC to resupply and pick up Stella’s dehydrated food package.