Woke up at the Blood Mountain Cabins, with freshly cleaned clothes. George the owner graciously washed my dirty, smelly hiking clothes. I’ve heard the term Trail Angel thrown around a bunch and George from the Blood Mountain Cabins is defiantly one. I recommend to anyone in the area to stay there. Other Trail Angels I’ve encountered are Duffer who offered me a stop at the cabin and also gave me back my share of the payment. I really appreciate the the generosity! A couple days before a car that pulled up right after a hard climb up and down Sassafras Mountain, and they gave us a full gallon of homemade sweat tea, it was awesome. Trail Angels are people who go out of their way to help hikers. These Trail Angels sometimes seem like real angels when the help is truly needed.
Hike 11 tough miles to Low Gap Shelter. It was hot and sunny, I was sweating a ton and we were 7 mile till water. Wildcat Mountain kicked my ass, but met up with a group of hikers I met a day before a pushed on 4 miles to the shelter.
Woke up good around 9am at Low Gap Shelter. Hiked 9.6 miles to Unicoi Gap with Chef, Montana (“Big Sky”), Diesel, Wolf and Tim “Took-a-look”. Another Trail Angel named Jon offered us a ride down to Helen, GA, he made two trips up and down 15 miles to get all of us and would not accept any compensation. I have a huge blister on my heel I’m nursing and sharing a hotel room with Wolf at the Super 8. Helen is a cool little tourist town modeled after Alpine Village in Germany.