Day 6 arrived, after a good nights rest, we left from Neels Gap at a little after 9:00 AM. We were up and downhills all through the day and hiked 11 miles to Low Gap shelter arriving about 3:44 p.m. I had some bad news at that point when my hiking partner, SlimTim, who has had a double knee replacement, shared concerns about the ruggedness of the trail and the effect it would have on his knees in the future. He decided to get off the trail at Unicoi Gap which is 52.9 miles into our hike. I assured SlimTim there is nothing about this hike that is worth risking lifelong injury.
I am a solo hiker now. I thought about quitting myself because as much as I like the hiking I’m not real keen on sleeping in a sleeping bag. At home, I’m a free range sleeper and we have a king bed. I tend to toss and turn which I find I cannot do in the sleeping bag! It can be very confining. I also tend to get up a lot during the night. But after getting back on the trail I realized how much I love to hike.
So, good Lord willing, I will go as far as I can and hopefully, that will be the end of the trail at Mt. Katahdin, Maine.
Today, we left from Low Gap and hiked 10 miles to Unicoi Gap. We met up with my wife Catherine and mother-in-law, Alice. We are spending the night in Helen, Georgia and I’ll be back on the trail coming morning.
SlimTim’s been a great help and hiking partner. I look forward to future times together either in a Corvette or on the golf course! God speed my friend.
From The Trail,
P.S. Catherine reminded SlimTim tonight that he really did me a favor. After all, because of him, I was able to begin this journey at all. I am grateful.