Day 34 – Mile 156 – Cody Gap

April 9
12 miles hiked

Today was maybe my longest hiking day (hours). I was on the trail from 830am until 430 pm. It was a mix of weather as well. At about 9:30 it was foggy and hailing then by 11 there were patches of sun the rest of the day.

At about 6 miles in there was trail magic at Stecoah Gap which crosses a highway. Someone left fruit and soda – I had an apple and a Mt. Dew. It is weird what foods you crave out here. At home I like diet coke or Dr pepper but so far while hiking all I want is citrus sodas and orange fanta is the best but Mt Dew is close so I really enjoyed today’s magic.

After that brief break was “Jacob’s Ladder” – a 700 foot climb in 6 tenths of a mile. It was tough but short enough that I was able to get over it quickly.

Over the top of that hill I finally caught up with good and plenty and toasted toad. We ate lunch and planned our camping spot. We hiked 3 more miles of brief ups and downs to Cody Gap because it has water source and camping spots. I hiked .2 miles down to get water and noticed a great spot to hang my hammock. Its a really pretty area where 3 creeks run together. It shouldn’t rain tonight so I won’t hang my tarp, the moon and stars are very bright above me right now but I’m so exhausted I think that I should sleep well.

Tomorrow will be a short day to Fontana Dam.

Day 33 – Mile 144 – Sassafras Gap Shelter

April 8
6.7 miles hiked

I felt good today except for the last mile or so. It is a 3000 foot climb out of N.O.C. but at least the weather was really nice. ‘Good and Plenty’ and ‘Toasted Toad’ started two hours before me because I had some chores to do before leaving since I will probably be on trail for 10 days straight. I was having trouble ordering a sleeping pad from REI so I just called them and got it done.

I have been hiking with Toad and GNP since I left Franklin last Thursday. My trail name is Townie since I spend more days in town then on trail.

I caught up with them the last half mile before this shelter. They continued on but I stayed here since it was not windy and there was a great place to hang my hammock.

I plan on getting up early tomorrow so I can catch those two at some point. GNP gets up late so that should be easy.

BTW, GNP is a women from key west Florida and Toasted Toad is a retired secret agent from SC.

I should be in the smokies in 3 days.

Update

I had a rough time for a couple of weeks that I will eventually blog about. I have notes for all of the missing entries but I just didn’t feel like posting them at the time. I am going to start doing daily posts again starting today.

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