Day 7: Sassafras Gap to Hiawasee, GA

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Hey hey!
Tonight I'm writin from a warm comfy hotel room in hiawasee, ga! It has been an interesting day. We woke up around 7:30 to cold winds and clouds, quickly pack up camp and 4 of us (Sherlock, tattoos, Mitch, and I) all head for the road. The six miles are first spent climbing Kelly's Knob, then it starts getting wet. We got out the rainjackets and pack covers and kept going. By the time we reached the road at noon, it was gusting and pouring rain. The last two miles were all downhill. Tough on the knees.

At the road crossing there was again trail magic!!! These guys were set up with a camper under an awning, with pop tarts, water, pop, cookies... And Pilgrim ( from Chicago, thruhiker '06) gave us a lift down the 11 miles to Hiawasee. We check into the sketchy Mull Inn right on the main drag.

Tattoos gets his own room cause he is going to take a "zero" tomorrow to rest his sore knees. The rest of us split a room. Lord that hot shower was such a glorious experience! I felt so refreshed, cleaned some clothes, and set them to dry on the heater.

Then lunch!!! We run over to Daniel's Steak House. They have an all you can eat lunch buffet for 8 bucks. We are dressed in the only clothes we have, wearing shorts and crocs and raincoats on a cold windy day. The locals there were all coming from church (it's Sunday) and we got some stares, though most around here know who we are!

We stuff our faces and teach the British guy how to eat an American buffet! The food is decent, but not the type of restaurant I'd normally eat at. ( not quite cousin eddy style tho!)
We waddle back to the hotel and watch some TV, then evening we go to the grocery store to buy supplies. That was pretty simple and we split the bigger items to save weight.

Dinner is at MacDonalds, some double cheeseburgers and fries. Little kids there were saying "look, hikers!" and some people said hello. People down here are awful friendly and helpful. Hopefully that'll transfer to an easy hitch back to the trail in the morning.

So it is rainy and windy, and hoping that somehow the rain will calm down but it'll prolly still be nasty. Amazing how fast the hours slipped by lazing around and eating oatmeal creme pies.
Have a great night, and be super glad tomorrow morning you don't have to put your blistered feet into boots and hike 10+ miles!
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Rain Man on

Hey Robert! I just caught up on your journal here. It's fun to follow, since I know all the spots you mention, and met you at the WhiteBlaze dinner here in Nashville. No, it was the Radnor Lake Volunteer Day, wasn't it? Or, both! Sounds like you're doing great. Have a great hike and I'll keep reading. Rain Man

Bruce on

Hello wife and I met you at the N'ville White Blaze hike and dinner. Sounds like you are doing well (aside from the blisters)...I had to push my start date back a week so I am planning to hit the trail this Sunday (3/28). do you have a trail name yet? Good luck and happy hiking.

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