Journal 53-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

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Tuesday–April 13, 2021
Trail Day–053
Trail Mile–9.5/542.1
Location–Tellico Gap, AT Mile 128.8, then to the Chica & Sunsets Hostel,  Franklin, North Carolina

A great night at Chica & Sunsets. Soaked my old bones in a hot tub of water (with epson salts–for 20 minutes), then went and curled up in my own bed in my own room and slept soundly.

Chica serves me breakfast at seven this morning (great coffee, too). Then Sunsets loads me and we’re off to Wayah Bald. A few more pics at the old tower; then I bid farewell to Sunsets–and I’m back hiking just after nine.

The day has turned perfect, haze-free views for miles. Many vistas. Ahh, and many lush, green rhododendron tunnels to hike through for a change!

The trail drops from Wayah to Licklog and Burningtown Gaps before climbing up and around the balds of Copper Ridge, Tellico, Black, and Rocky. Many northbound hikers on the trail. Some stop to chat as they pass. Most just keep on truckin’. Mid afternoon I text Cory, owner of Outdoor 76, and he makes the 45-minute drive up to Tellico Gap to fetch me–and deliver me back to Chica & Sunsets comfy hostel in Franklin.

Been another fine day for hiking this old AT…

Look deep into nature
and you will understand everything better.
(Albert Einstein)

5 Comments on “Journal 53-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

  1. Hike on brother!
    Be safe and enjoy every minute. I wish I was there . Au Sable Mike
    Another day in paradise


  2. I was just reading about Franklin, NC in a Civil War history book. Interesting place. Couldn’t believe you were just there. Lots of history.


    Cameron B!



  3. Hi, Sunny! Your journal entries are the highlight of my day. I’m living vicariously through you and sending positive energy through prayer your way every day. Please keep the news of your adventures coming our way!


  4. Enjoyed sharing conversations with you at lunch at RiversEnd restaurant.
    Erv Kempf is my name and now I can follow your travels.


  5. Loved meeting and having you stay with us, Nimblewill!! Hike on! — Love, Chica


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