Day 4, 4/9: Mile 44, Poplar Stamp Gap (13mi)

It was a very windy night camped in my little tent, but she was up to the task. The wind was still howling in the morning and most of the day. The picture below is of the famous Mtn Crossings CCC building I was camped behind. The AT literally goes through the breezeway.

This is a picture of Daddy Long Legs carrying “Paul’s Shoes” which is an incredibly touching story I had heard about before I left. Paul lived in Australia and was making plans to hike the AT last year when he was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer and died several months later. His wife reached out to the hiking community to find someone to take his shoes on the journey and send her pictures along the way. I think the website is PaulsShoes.com So cool to actually see Paul’s Shoes !

Great view on a bluebird day from CowRock Mtn.
(but very windy and cold !)

Some new AT friends around the campfire at Poplar Gap campsite.

Selfie shot with Dave, Gretel, Mace, Polar Bear and Trail Mix.

A tight fit squeezing 5 tents on the only small flat area.
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Also wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to mention i will being going thru Young Lick Knob tomorrow…no joke !

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Day 3, 4/8: Mile 31.7, Neels Gap (15mi)

It was a cold start this morning in the upper 30’s, but the skies were clear and there were some good views.

I hiked most of the day again with Miles from BC. I’m trying to convince him to go with the trail name “Miles from Nowhere” or “Miles to Go”
We met another guy named Chris hiking with his dog Greta and stopped at a shelter for lunch where we ate with Pappa Crusty…you can guess who’s who.

The big climb of the day was to the highest point in Georgia…Blood Mtn (~4500′). There was this really cool CCC shelter at the top.

This is the awesome patio/overlook at Neels Gap. There is an outfitter store behind us that sells gear and hiker food and sends home tons (literally) of unwanted gear since so many people over pack.

This is the hiker shoe tree out front…brilliant!

Some of the folks I met decided they wanted to be more civilized tonight and rented a cabin. I’m camping since I’m planning to resupply in town in two days, but o hung out with them for a bit tonight.