Day five. One more day and it would be the longest backing trip that I had ever had.
We decided the night before that we would go to town today. It was going to be nice to have a break from the cold and the rain. The town that we wanted to get it to was Hiawassee.one of the main road their went right through unicoi gap. That was our goal make it to unicoi gap and you would be dry.
Because we had to make it 13.9miles we decided to try to wake up early for not cook a warm breakfast. Instead we ended up eating bars and son naan bread. We ended up getting up at 7 o’clock. We got up and backed up the tent put out rain cloths on grab our pack and left.
Because we were trying to walk the 13.9 miles by 3 o’clock we decided to not have a warm breakfast. That normally would of been hot coco, oatmeal (with freeze dried bananas and strawberry’s) cold bacon and maybe a piece of bread. Instead we just ate cold bars and nuts and seeds.
Normally when we are walking we just have a goal of getting to the next shelter. Today thought we had a mini goal. Suck up had left early that morning around 6 o’clock. When we woke up he was already gone. The thing was that he had left his stake poles for his tent behind. As soon as we saw them we texted him right away.
It worked out great the day before he had used are phone to call his family. His had broken when climbing down blood mountain. We texted them and then his family told him. At about 10 o’clock we see him sitting at a water source 6.5 miles from where we camped. At first it was really confusing. Normally texts and calls won’t go through so even when texting his family we were not sure he would get them. Even after he new he left his stakes he had know idea when he was going to be there.
After we gave his stakes back to him we all walked and talked for at least one hour ( which is a long time when hiking ). But then we needed to stop and fill up our water bottles.
We walked and walked for about another hour. in my mind I felt like way longer. I thought that we should be getting close to blue mountain shelter which was only two miles away from the road. My mom pulled out here phone and looked at the Appalachian guide book. According to them we were till three miles away from the shelter. I was so disappointed. It was raining. My shoes and socks were wet my food that I was trying to eat kept getting wet and It was now windy.
I went on now not reallly taking at all. I was just about ready to stop and cry when I see something. It was a box. I freeze for a moment and then I take off running. When I say running I mean. However fast you can go while carring a 18 pound pack. We head into the shelter ther their was a father son(19) were their. A few day befor they had heard about us from other hikers. When we got their they came up to me and told me that if he had to root for anyone to make it It would be me. It felt good that someone older thought that I was inspiring.
At the shelter we boiled some water and made coco and mash potatoes to eat as lunch and warm us up. Then we said bye to everyone and left down the trail.
The two miles went really fast. It was all dirt and once we started moving and the rain stopped are feet finally started to thaw out.
45 minutes later we were at the bottom. I thought that would be the end of the hard part but no. Now we had to ether hitch a ride in or call a shuttle. And because our call did not go thru the only thing left to do was hitch into town.
It only took us about five minutes to find a ride. It was a nice couple that were going to pick up the grand children. They told us that they had some time so they could take us down to a hotel.
When we got to the hotel we cheaked in a guy named pop rocks (trail name) came in. He told us that a group from dicks creek came in and they were all going about to dinner at 5:30. That gave us an hour and a half.
After getting unpacked we changed into swimsuits and when down to the pool and hot tub. It was so nice to be warm but it soon turned to 4:45 and then 5 o’clock so we defer to get changed.
For dinner that night we went to this all you can eat buffet. It was so good I had fresh fruit and veggies, fried chicken and mash potatoes, rolled and corn bread, but best of all the Monkey bread and cake. It was all so good. After eating we went back in the hot. This time all the other people that we had Eatten dinner with came to join us. We played high and low. Basically if you say a high the next person would say a low till it was your turn again. We talked to everyone for a long time apparently two of the people in their group new who we were because they lived in Newburyport. But then we headed up stairs and went to bed.