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!