Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Day 5 Low Gap Shelter to Unicoi Gap / Hiawasee GA

43.2 to 52.9 or 9.7 miles total. Started at 07:40 am and got off the trail at 03:20 pm.

Tuesday April 28, 2015. Here's today's elevation profile:

I put up the tarp at Low Gap. While the temperature didn't get too cold the strong breeze made it difficult to stay warm. I use a quilt that only goes to the shoulders. If I pull it up over my head I end up trapping moisture in the down. I have a down hood but it was deep in the pack. I made do with a beanie and a buff. 

The day was sunny again with cool breezes on the slopes. Terrain was pretty rough but no big ups. 

The Machine was planning to do 15 miles and stop a few days out in Franklin. But his 15 miles included 2 big ups late in the day. That extra six miles looked tough. He's a stronger hiker and would have been an hour ahead. 

I needed to stop at Hiawassee for a mail drop. I could have used another gap/road crossing 16 miles further but it's supposed to rain all day tomorrow. I was also daydreaming about Subway and Dairy Queen. And I'm carrying too much food and a couple of other items. 

Anyway I got very lucky at the Unicoi Gap parking lot. There was s nice young couple that gave me a ride. My first hitch. No cell to call for shuttle, I thought I was going to have to put out my thumb and hope. 

The Budget Inn here is about what you would expect.  But friendly!  I decided to take a zero tomorrow and avoid the rain. I also get to work on my pack and plans. 

Only a couple of pictures today.  Good night!

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