START: Deep Gap Shelter, GA
FINISH: Neels Gap, GA
DISTANCE: 33.4 miles (53.7 km)
TOTAL DISTANCE: 2150.4 miles (3460 km)
Lumpy & the Pirate: Latish start due to cold and slothfulness, after which I hiked strongly throughout the day to arrive at Neels Gap just before 8pm. Greeted by Lumpy and the Pirate, two AT icons that call Neel’s Gap home. The latter of the two has been around since cocky was an egg; indeed I have heard it said that he received his trail name after making cameo appearances in the classic Errol Flynn swashbucklers, Captain Blood and the Sea Hawk. Good guys both, I enjoyed a very humorous conversation with them regarding all things AT, over pasta, pizza and a couple of beers. Onwards to Springer!