I have lost track of weeks…
On April 17, we left Hot Springs, NC with high hopes that our new shoes would make all the difference. I taped my feet and knee up with KT tapes and had high hopes that I could do it. The view of the river as we walked back up the mountain was amazing.
On our travels north we have run into wonderful trail magic. On the trail north there was a beautiful cabin with a wonderful grandma that calls herself the “Southern Cookie Lady”. There was a sign on the trail offering homemade cookies, fresh water and a trash can. In such a negative world theses day, it is so wonderful to see that there is much more kindness around us.
Shortly after and a big rock climb, we hit our 300-mile point. That night we slept in a small meadow in the forest. It must have been the tastiest in all the lands because the deer hung out with us all night. They were so close to the tent that I could hear them chewing the grass and breathing. It is amazing how large a deer sounds in the middle of the night…We also learned what a screak owl sounds like.
I have been enjoying taking pictures and identifying many of the plants along the trail.
We stopped in Erwin to try to give my feet a rest and wait for Christal, Claire and Erika to arrive. With them we hiked from Sam’s Gap back to Erwin. The hike was only three days because we all agreed that we didn’t want to hike in the cold and rain. The first night they were with us, the nighttime temperature was 22 degrees.
Since they had a car and they weren’t ready to go home, they drove us to Asheville, NC. We had excellent food. Claire got to check out a nursery that she has been following on social media. We even tried out a few wineries. Claire introduced us to rock climbing.
We had to say goodbye to them and since it was still raining, they dropped us off in Johnson City. We stayed there a few more days watching the forecast. When we saw that the rain was not going to let up and snow was now in the forecast, we decided to head back to Wisconsin and regroup.
Because my feet are not improving and Tom has some aches and pains, we decided to change up our hike. We bought a Bushwhacker teardrop camper to pull behind the jeep. Now I can drop Tom off at a spot and pick him up at another. This way he will not have to carry as many pounds in his pack and I can still day hike.
He took off hiking from Erwin, Tn and I met him for the night at Beauty Spot. The next morning, he took off for a 19 miles hike where I picked him up from Hughes Gap. Last night he camped out and today I will pick him up at Hwy 19 in North Carolina. Tonight, we will camp at The Station on 19E hostel.
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