On Tuesday, we hiked down to Winding Gap to hitch hike into Franklin, NC to visit Three Eagle Outfitters to pick up some supplies (canister fuel, water filter, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, etc.).
We stuck out our thumbs and waited…finally Toboggan picked us up. He drove to two outfitters and then to lunch at Shoneys. What a great guy. He was from Florida. When we were done with everything we called every shuttle service–no one could drive us back. So wed decided to hitch hike back…after thirty minutes, finally a mother and son picked us up drove us several miles past where they were going, to drop us off.
The day before, trying to get a ride to the campground to get our mail drop we got picked up by a couple from Georgia, and then got a ride back from a couple from NY.
Yesterday when we were done eating and needing a ride to the Natahala Inn, a couple from South Carolina drove us. And today when we were standing in the pouring rain, trying to get back into the NOC a couple from Florida picked us up.
I’ve been noticing a pattern–how about you? And yet we keep hearing how this is a very hiker friendly state!