Day 7: Sassafras Gap to Hiawasee, GA
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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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!