Today, I woke up a little early to get the day started, even before sunrise.
Hiked down Blue Mountain to Unicoi Gap to catch a shuttle bus into Hiawassi, Georgia for a planned day off the trail for rest at a cheap hiker hotel with the guys I have been hiking with.. In trail talk, I took a “nero,” which means nearly zero trail miles (It was 2.4 miles).
While in town, I had a good bacon cheese burger at a place named Barneys. I walked around a little bit to a few other places. I am making a conscious effort to interact with the locals and get to know them a bit. They also are making efforts to interact with the hikers. One of my goals on this hike was to learn more about people across this country and along the trail. I find if your being genuine that people want to talk and share their story with someone really interested. This holds true on this trip as many open up about their life experience. I may share some of these stories later.
Decided to take Day 8 off also as a zero (0 trail miles). Another days rest never hurts but bad weather was forecasted. Most other hikers are doing the same thing this weekend.