Hitch hiking help

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!

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About prairiedog2013

Grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but currently lives on Long Island, New York. Was a day-hiker years ago, but is now a thru-hiker. Loves living the thru-hikers life. She has hiked nearly 3,000 miles. Her hikes include the Northville Placid Trail (2011, 2012), the Centennial Trail in South Dakota (2012), the Appalachian Trail (2013), the Fjallraven Classic (2014) and many other trails.
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6 Responses to Hitch hiking help

  1. Karen says:

    Wow–I miss a day, and suddenly there are half a dozen new posts! Congratulations on your first state line. I lived in North Carolina for a couple of years and didn’t find it particularly hospitable to Yankees. Maybe that’s true on the trail too…? Thanks for the stories! Love to you both. K

  2. Five Cents Worth says:

    Seems to be an awful lot of riding in vehicles for a hike on the Appalachian trail ! I did some checking and I saw that NC is a “friendly hiker” state and not a “hiker friendly” state. It’s in the fine print at the bottom of the Appalachian Trail map. Reflecting on my 26 years of service to a Customer that LOVES acronyms, I have come up with trail slang for those nasty down hills. I suggest that you it a “TKF”…….Total Knee Replacement. We wish we could be with you guys….but we’d have to walk.

    • Five Cents Worth says:

      I’m having some issues today. I took an hour long walk earlier and I’m just exhausted! What I meant to say is that those nasty down hills should be called a “TKR”….Total Knee Replacement

  3. songbirdknits says:

    seems it’s the out of towners who are the friendlies. Still help is help and it sounds wonderful

  4. Dudley Johnson says:

    PD and DF…thanks for the kind remarks. The 70th party was great and memorable for us all. Glad you are still progressing. JH and I are still hanging around North GA trails and planning for more. Be well and hike safe.
    Dudley J.

  5. Five cents says:

    Congratulations on the birth of the beautiful Ariana! We are sooo thrilled for all of you!

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