Location: Locust Cove Gap campsite (147.7 miles)

Despite having packed the night before, Beast and I didn't actually get going much faster than usual. The morning brought an almost 4000 ft climb over seven miles. Most of it was not too difficult (except for the length), but there were some difficult sections over rocks and a few very steep sections. Thank goodness for switchbacks!

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Location: Nantahala Outdoor Center / Dogwood Cabin (137.4 miles)

It was cold this morning, and we were all kind of lethargic getting going, but we all eventually managed to escape from the cocoon of our sleeping bags and turn into the beautiful trail butterflies we were meant to be.

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Location: Wesser Bald Shelter (131.4 miles)

Last night, apparently there were two groups of coyotes circling the shelter calling out to each other. I say apparently, because despite the incredible amount of tossing and turning I did, I never heard a thing.

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Location: Burningtown Gap (124.4 miles)

Thanks so much to the Burningtown Baptist Church for some morning trail magic. Biscuits, sausage, cookies, brownies, and other snacks.

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Location: Wayah Bald Shelter (120.8 miles)

After another fine free breakfast at the First Baptist Church, got the 9 am shuttle back to the trail.

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