Up and down, up and down. Physically it is very challenging, but mentally it is the hardest thing I’ve ever encountered. My attitude follows the up and downs of the mountains. Sometimes I’m up elated high to the point of ecstasy and tears, the next moment i’m stuck in my head, all insecurities and self doubts come to life. I was at one of my lowest points after leaving Helen, GA. I was climbing from Indian Grave Gap to Tray Mountain and was really down, low energy and depressed. Struggling through the depression and thunderstorms I made it up to Tray Gap which is right before the steep climb up Tray Mountain and heard “Hey we have a Hamburger for you!”, it was Trail Angels Bill and Jeff. They do a cookout at Tray Gap yearly to feed hikers before their climb up Tray Mountain. I ate 2 huge 10ozish burgers,drank a Mountain Dew and ate some chocolate. Their generosity made me tear up, my mood shifted as quick as the weather. I hiked on to Sassafras Gap campsite to spend the night.
Wolf singing “Freebird” at a karaoke night at the Hayloft Bar in Helen, GA. A drunk local got offended by his mashup of the southern anthem and offered him $20 to stop singing, Wolf turned down the money and the local put up a hussy fit and stormed out of the bar.
Woke up after a rainy night and pushed on. Kelly Knob was a difficult climb. I made it down to Dicks Creek Gap and there was “Trail Magic” Peak Seeker was set up at the picnic area and cooking hikers hotdogs and hamburgers! Tim ” Took a Look” s wife Tina drove up and met us with their new Ford F150 and gave 8 hikers a ride down to Hiawasse, GA. I got a room at the Holiday Inn Express with Diesel, Montana “Big Sky”‘ and Chef. There’s a hot tub and continental breakfast!