Day 6: Zero Day in Hiawassee

After camping at Unicoi Gap last night, we were lucky to get in contact with Joe and Debbie, who have been following my blog. Debbie just happened to be dropping off Joe at Unicoi Gap for a section hike, so we were able to meet up with them and get a ride into Hiawassee. We had a good ride into town with them and their dog Harley and they dropped us off at the Huddle House for some breakfast. Thank you Joe and Debbie!!!

After a big breakfast, we hung out with Alex and Jack from Colorado, two hikers we have leap frogged with for the past few days. Around noon, we were able to check into our room. And although it was a zero day, we still had plenty to do. The laundromat was closed today, so we ended up washing all of our clothes by hand and letting them dry on the heater. Not sure I’ve ever done that before in my life. Guess you could say that thru-hiking brings a lot of firsts.

We resupplied at the grocery store and got some new food into the rotation. I never thought I’d be excited to buy Devil Cremes and a roll of toilet paper, but it’s really the essentials that are necessary for thru-hiking.

We ran into Avocado, Valkyrie, and Pete today. They were hikers that we had been hiking with for the first few days. We dove into a BBQ chicken pizza from Big Al’s, which I might add was amazing. I got to FaceTime with my sister and my nephew. Louie is almost 5 months old now and I feel like he has changed so much just in the past week. He’s started eating and sleeping in his crib. I’m sad I’m not there, but I know it will only be a few months until I’m reunited with the best damn nephew an aunt could ask for. I also got to talk with my best friend Sarah and text with my dad and hear about my parents’ time in Spain so far.

We had a nice day here in Hiawassee riding out the cold weather in a nice, warm hotel room. I’m quite tired and looking forward to sleeping in a bed tonight. Can you believe it? A bed!!!




8 thoughts on “Day 6: Zero Day in Hiawassee

  1. Sounds like you had a great day and will be ready to start your hike refreshed in the a.m! Have you come up with any trail names yet?

    Pleasant dreams!

    1. Miles has one! I forgot to mention it. His name is Miles To Go, a line from the Robert Frost poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” I don’t have one yet, but hopefully it will come soon.

  2. Finally got a chance to read up on the trek so far; sounds like you are having a great time and getting a chance to enjoy the hard work! Best wishes on the near completion of your first full week on the trail!

  3. Lindsey and Miles,

    Am happily following your hike and wishing you strong legs and patience. And of course a blog is only made better by a huge screen-shot of Louie.

    Thanks for keeping up the journal so we can keep track of your progress.

    Avery, Lisa and Emerson Brott

  4. Good zero day! A well-timed break is always a good thing. Looks like some good food, too! CAUTION (unsolicited fatherly advice), but make sure you get your protein, too. 😃 As time (and the miles!) march on, your body will thank you. Speaking of zero day, mom and I are taking one tomorrow (from our “grueling” tour of Northern Spain). BTW, during my early morning stroll about Santillana del Mar, I happened upon the Camino del Santiago and three pilgrims. Of course, I immediately thought of my daughter doing the same 6000 miles away. It was a beautiful, sunny morning just like the one I hope you had. Happy trails!

  5. Hi Lindsey and Miles. Glad your first week has gone so well. I am enjoying reading your blog…very interesting. What a great experience. Looking forward to following your AT hike! We just started driving to Florida today for spring break. Excited for some warm weather:). Take care and happy hiking!! Love, Aunt Kathy

  6. Quinton asks “How many waffles did you have?” “They looked yummie!” You really got the attention of the under 7 crowd with the waffle pic! Gigi, Says”I want to give you a present – for Uncle Miles and Lindsey”

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