After Hot Springs, NC I met up with Krispy and Candyman and lost Jim. I haven't been able to get back in touch with him since, but I hope he is doing well and still trekking strong on the trail. It seemed like all the books were wrong on their mileage in this section. We ended in Sam's Gap with the ultimate decision: Keep hiking or call a shuttle to take us to Erwin so we could hit the Chinese Buffet which is only offered on Sundays. The decision was made. Chinese Buffet it was!
While sitting in Sam's Gap waiting for the shuttle, we encountered trail magic from 2 sources. It is amazing how much people do to help hikers. An ice cold Soda on a hot day changes everything. Thank you for that!
This is at Uncle Johnny's Nolichucky Hostel. Great place with great restrooms!