We woke up early and practically ran down the last 2.5mi of hill into Fontana Dam for our nero day to binge eat a hiker meal for breakfast, rather than dinner like we had in the past. Breakfast is awesome, and the thought of an overstuffed omlette with a side of bacon is music to the ears of a hungry hiker. We hitched into town to learn that Fontana isn’t much of a hiker town, rather it caters to people with more money and smaller appetites, and we just couldn’t afford a $25 tiny breakfast burrito! So what did we do? Make our own on the front porch of the general store, of course!
After a much needed rest for our feet, a stinky load of laundry and happily letting the tornados pass by, we started our hike again heading north from Hiawassee, Georgia to our next break in Fontana Dam, North Carolina. We left Hiawassee on May 1st after one of the most incredible hiker breakfast’s at the Blueberry Patch Hostel with pancakes, eggs, biscuits, sausages, hashbrowns, coffee, juice, and homemade blueberry syrup! The Blueberry Patch is a donation-only hiker hostel run by a former thru-hiker and his wife that has been open for the past 22 years and is one of the iconic stops along the way, also being the second longest running hostel on the trail. We spent the night there, and he and his wife fed us a huge breakfast spread before dropping us off at the trail that morning. What a stop!
Here’s another quick update about the last couple days. We like to add more pictures when we have the internet access to give you guys a better idea of what we are doing. This 40 mile stretch took us another 3 days over easier terrain and culminated with a “Zero Day” in Hiawassee.
It’s hard to believe it but After years if talk and months of preparation, Clayt and I finally made it onto the trail. We were dropped off to start hiking the pre-trail at Amacalola and made it to the first shelter – just before the summit of Springer Mountain and the official start of the AT – in our “first day”.