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!!!