Nantahala Outdoor Center Mile 137.1 Left at 1:00 p.m. today and arrived Sassafras Gap Mile 143.7 at 6:00 p.m.
SlimTim gives a good explanation of our dilemma today in his post here. Who knew hiking the AT could and would involve so many folks? I want to begin by thanking our good friends Jim and Naomi Davis. Especially, Naomi, for letting Jim off of vacuuming duty so that he could shuttle us from Hiawassee, Georgia to Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina.
Before I left on the hike both Jim and Naomi said, “Our Georgia home is close to the trail, let us know if you need anything.” Did they really mean for me to call at 8 a.m. this morning asking to take up their day with transporting a couple of would-be adventurers like us? We couldn’t have kept hiking with the weather moving in without their support. Blessings to both of you!
Actually, I also want to thank my dear wife Catherine for all the logistical work that she did at home this morning. Brainstorming with her was invaluable in helping us to come to a decision on what our next step was to be.
Last year when I walked across this bridge the weather was much different. I think it was about 60 degrees! Definitely, no coat, no gloves!
SlimTim took this picture from our AT Hiker app. The hike today was definitely as difficult as I remembered it to be from last year. But with SlimTim with me it was far more enjoyable. Our current elevation is 4329′ from a start of 1727′ at NOC.
The next two days have a rain/freezing sleet/snow forecast and so I don’t know how much weather we have skirted, but our goal is to be at Fontana Dam on Wednesday before the really cold weather hits.
We haven’t made a decision yet whether we will return and hike the two sections that we missed between Dick’s Creek Gap and NOC. We will keep you posted as soon as we’ve made a decision.
Good night From The Top of the Mountain,