Farewell Erwin

Sorry for the delay in posting this – no cell coverage again…
After recuperating for a day from the Norovirus I felt good enough to leave Uncle Johnny’s this morning and hike 17.5 miles to Cherry Gap Shelter. It was a nice day to hike with temperatures in the mid-70’s and a cool breeze all day long.
I’m glad I got to spend some time at Johnny’s – I just wish I had felt better. Johnny and his crew were terrific, helpful, friendly, full of information, and as I said in the previous post, willing to do anything to help hikers. It’s people like them that add a wonderful human element to a long hike in the woods.
Trail conditions today were pretty good. Some rocky and rooty stretches required concentration to avoid tripping but much of the trail was as soft and smooth as the Chessie Trail back home in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
Scenic highlights today were the well-named Beauty Spot Gap and Unaka Mountain. I’ve included a photo below of Unaka from Beauty Spot Gap and on the upper right side of the mountain you can see a dense Spruce forest. The smell in there was incredible – like a hundred Christmas tree scented candles all burning at once!
At camp tonight are Half and Half, who I met last Friday, and Tin Cup, who I just met this morning. Others are coming in as I write this so we should have a good group here tonight.
With the warmer weather the past few days the bugs are really starting to come out. I may need to ask the Princess to bring the Permethrin when she comes to visit so that I can treat my tent and try to keep the little buggers out.
Tomorrow I have another 17 mile day to Roan High Knob and the seven mile point I’ll pass close by the Greasy Creek Friendly – as opposed to “hostel”, get it? It’s supposed to rain tomorrow but if it’s not too bad I may take the short side trail to the friendly to check it out.
Here are photos of Uncle Johnny’s hostel and the previously mentioned view of Unaka Mountain.




About The Man in My Shoes

Since retiring in 2012 I am enjoying the freedom of being able to make my own decisions about how I spend my time and am taking advantage of the opportunities that I have to spend more time with my family, explore, learn, and pursue my dreams and goals. I look forward to writing about these pursuits and hope you enjoy reading about them.
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2 Responses to Farewell Erwin

  1. Annette says:

    Glad that you have recovered from the Norovirus……that is bad stuff. I was told that is what people get on cruise ships occasionally.

  2. Annette says:

    Lovely photos. You may know, but our newspaper had a small piece about an independent movie may be made in the fall of Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods.” Robert Redford will produce it and play Bill Bryson and Nick Nolte, will play Katz. How about that?

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