Tuesday–April 13, 2021
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.