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So after departing sunny Ringgold, we began the first proper road-leg of our tour. This one began by retracing our steps back to Atlanta, before setting off North East towards the mountains. First stop was a little place called Winder, to meet up with some of Leah's friends - Josh & Ellie, and Paul & Rebecca. Josh is a tennis coach and had a lesson til late on so the rest of us went for ...
... people just had longevity in their genetics. Elizabeth lived through a time when slavery was rampant, then a civil war, the abolishment of slavery and it's aftermath, World War I, and women's suffrage, just to name a few historical events. What a powerful century to live through! I can't help but wonder what Elizabeth was like, her view on slavery and politics, and what passion might have kept her kicking for so ...
... be hitting North Carolina in a couple days and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park shortly after, so we have bigger mountains in our future, and probably colder temperatures. I'm about ready for summer already, but it'll be at least a couple weeks before it starts warming up.
Day 6: 18.9 miles, Tesnatee Gap to Cheese factory site campsite
Day 7: 13 miles, Cheese factory site campsite to ***** Creek Gap
Day 8: 4.5 miles (nero), ***** Creek Gap to Plumorchard Gap Shelter
... wet evening, it wasn't too bad out of the rain and taking to my fellow hikers.
Some of those I talked to were Smokescreen (Steve), Co-ed (Dave) and Mooch (Emily), and we decided to get a cabin at Neel Gap in two days together since they fit four people. With that plan in mind, we set out for Lance Creek campground about 7.5 miles away, about halfway to the gap. We would have gone further but there was a section of trail right after Lance Creek that you can't camp ...
... famed Amicalola Falls - 3rd highest in the USA and the start/end of the Appalachian Trail. And then hiked from the visitor center to the falls and back on two different trials. Maybe 3 miles or 1/1,000th of the famed Trail. Like spending 10 minutes at the Grand Canyon!
And then we discovered the boutique town of Blue Ridge where the new money from Atlanta hangs out over weekends and holidays. Great shopping and the ...