Day 6 – Deep Gap Shelter to Hiawasee

We took our near-o day today after an easy 4 mile hike in the morning. We planned on staying at the Blueberry Patch Hostel, but ended up staying at the Budget Inn in Hiawasee after chatting with some other thru-hikers at Dick’s Creek Gap. We were easily swayed by the thought of getting our own room vs. sleeping in a common bunk area with snorers. We got the Budget Inn shuttle driver to stop at the Blueberry Patch for our mail drop, then checked in to the Budget Inn.



Got to take a hot shower, do laundry, and rock some mexican at a place called Monte Alban for lunch. After that it was a lazy day with intermittent activities like fixing the tarp seam so it doesn’t leak tomorrow and cleaning up our dirty gear. Dinner was at an all you can eat buffet called Daniel’s that had nastily delicious southern fried chicken. I only ate 5 pieces. All in all very nice and relaxing to have an off day.

Tomorrow we cross into North Carolina, so that’s very exciting to finish the first state. Georgia was a challenging start, but a lot of fun. Lots of elevation change and very little flat hiking.

Stoked for some big mountains coming up in NC.

5 thoughts on “Day 6 – Deep Gap Shelter to Hiawasee

  1. Jessie

    Thank you for the update…we look forward to them! Glad to hear you had a relaxing day…now get hiking!! 🙂 Sending love and prayers!

  2. Shannon

    I will be headed to NC On Friday for some family time will be thinking of you both I head for home on Sunday

  3. andrew snyder

    How big is your beard so far? Can I pledge a certain amount of money to your charity for every cm of beard that you grow?

    1. Joel Post author

      Haha Andrew I love the idea, but my hygiene has been better on the trail than it was at work! I am beardless at the moment.


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