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.