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  1. Sunday, March 21, 2021, 7 am

    We are packing up after taking a zero in Franklin, NC. Stayed at the Sapphire Hotel. There is an Native American mound in town that marks the spot of an Indian village. The Little Tennessee River flows through town.

    We visited Outdoor 76, an outfitter in town. I bought a new rain coat and pants. My old ones' Goretex was shot and worthless. It was nearly 20 years old. We ate at a Mexican Restaurant twice. It was a good stay though somewhere here I lost my sack cover for my tent. Don't ...
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  2. Friday, March 19, 2021, 9:20 am

    Wednesday, March 17th was a rough night. It was rainy and windy. A slow steady drip and steady mist was inside my tent all night. My sleeping bag got wet on the outside but stayed dry on the inside, thank God! I woke up at 1 a.m. to something that banged into my tent. My first reaction was "Bear!" So I began yelling "ha! ha!" and turned on my light. After a few minutes I didn't hear anything so I stopped. Eventually I fell back to sleep. When I woke in the morning I saw a big ...
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  3. Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7 pm

    We hit the trail again yesterday in the midst of a steady rain. I found out quickly that my packable Goretex jacket and pants are shot. I got soaked to the bone. I feel fortunate that it wasn't any colder than it was. if it would have been another 5 degrees colder, it could have been a hypothermia situation for me.

    We crossed into North Carolina yesterday. Our second state! We also climbed Courthouse Bald, a mountain that stands 4,690 feet, maybe the highest we climbed until today. ...
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  4. Monday, March 15, 2021, 8:30 pm

    Took a zero (trail slang for a day of rest with no miles on the trail) today in Hiawassee. Washed clothes last night, and dried them today. Went out to dinner at the Sundance Restaurant with Jack, Steph, Jeff and Brad. Excellent meal along with a couple of beers. Tonight went out with Jeff, Brad and Grizzly. Steph was resting in her room.

    I think I got my trail name tonight from Grizzly, Jeff and Brad. "Gobbler Whisperer"

    Grizzly is guy we met earlier at ...
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  5. Sunday, March 14, 2021, 3:35 pm

    I am sitting at a hostel about 1/2 mile from the trail, called Around the Bend. It is just west of Dick's Creek Gap parking area where the trail is. When we reached the parking area around 1 pm, there was a couple providing trail magic in the form of grilled burgers and hot dogs, along with assorted other goodies and drinks. Such a welcome sight! We ate to our hearts content! So gracious of them and so appreciated by all the thru hikers. Met Jeff and Stephanie, the couple that we had dinner with ...
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