Just heard from Zak. He called from Hiawassee. Last year he went from Springer to Fontana in 10 days. Everyone told him to take it slow and enjoy his time, and he has really taken that to heart!
Day 1 - Stover Creek Shelter area
Day 2 - Gooch Mtn Shelter area. Ended up staying there all day of day three due to rain and high winds, and did a night hike to Woods Hole .
Day 4 - he hit Neels Gap, hung around with several people most of the day then hiked another 4 miles and hung his hammock a little off the trail.
Day 5 and 6 - Low Gap. Decided to sit out the rain. Guy there named Hillbilly and they decided to laugh at all the ones that came through and took off in the rain. He said there were some miserable wet and cold hikers, but they didn't sit out the rain and snow. Must have somewhere they need to be!:confused:
Truly enjoying every minute of the trail. In just a weeks time he has totally changed his view on this hike. Instead of "Katahdin or Bust", it's now stay in the woods for as long as possible! HYOH Zak, and enjoy the adventure.
His gear is holding up fine. The only problem he has had was his food bags. Using DWR and his oatmeal turned to mush! Bought some Sil bags at Neel's Gap and that problem solved.
He's going to keep some low miles for a few more days and see if Cannibal catches up with him. I think the bet is only good if the hammock on the ground is witnessed!
Glad to hear he is having fun, I hope he's ready for the winter weather heading that way.
He said it's already been pretty wintery! That's why he took a zero and stay warm and dry in his hammock!
Just noticed that Cannibal has updated his TJ today. Zak is taking a zero tomorrow to rest his knee. Sounds like he and Cannibal are in the same boat there.
It seems they're both having knee troubles.
Shiloh may catch both of them yet. He starts Monday.
Zak seemed a lot more relaxed once he was up on Springer. I'm glad he has slowed down and is enjoying the hike.
Great! Please tell him Mule is hee hawing for him.
That's the prefect speed. Thinking back I took 5 with a zero as a southbounder. Crazy how he will probibly see more snow than I did.
Well, I stayed in Hawassi (you know what I mean) again last night. Slacked from Unicoi to Dicks creek gap yesterday. I've been over Kelly Knob once with a full pack, and don't intend to do it again. Now I'm at the library and about to head over to Cloud 9 and stay the day. I've heard good things about it, so I want to see what all the fuss is about. I'm gonna go as slow as possible so that I am within easy driving distance for the Hot Springs hangout. Looks like I will be just north of Damascus for it so it works out great.
slow... that's the way you do it:D
Originally Posted by Cerberus
glad to hear that you're planning on trying to make hot springs.
Well, I caught a trout at Cloud 9 today. Hammock Engineer would be jealous. I came in here and told them I knew the hiker who caught the bigest fish of the season, and I was on a mission to catch the smallest. I caught one that was about 3 or 4 inches long. Very proud. The owner here just started laughing at me when I got all excited and ran for my camera when I pulled this little baby out of the water. He didn't have a clue what was wrong with me until I explained it.
I'm thinking of doing another zero at Blueberry patch. See what all the fuss is about the food there. Then I guess I will get back on the trail. Plan on taking 5 or 6 days to get to Franklin. The people here at the hostel say that at my rate with zeros, neros, and general slothiness I might need more than 6 days of food to hike 40 miles.