Wednesday, 20 June
|Destination: Groundhog Creek Shelter||Today’s Miles: 10.5|
|Start Location: Davenport Gap Shelter||Trip Miles: 249.5|
Well, Little Dance showed up last night around seven. It was just him and I in the shelter. I was out by 6:45, he was still asleep.
I am glad to be out of the Smokies and having to stay only at shelters. The trail immediately improved.
I got to Standing Bear Hostel by nine to pick up my mail drop with supplies. The hostel was a little eclectic. First was the bunk house, next was the office/kitchen connected to the laundry. The laundry was a washboard in the sink with an electric dryer. Next to that was a beer “shack”. On the way in I met Sunshine and Captive again, who were waiting for a shuttle that was running late. Julian was camping near by. I picked up my box and had coffee and a sausage biscuit while I organized. I spoke to Julian again and wished him well with his shuttle to the airport. I was out before ten.
I passed two women with three girls on the way to the shelter and a couple of day hikers. Right before the shelter, I passed an older couple. All are here tonight. A couple of other hikers have come in as well. I’m in the shelter because of the threat of thunderstorms. After a warm day, it is cooling off a bit.