After pushing for the last few days, I called it at day off. I'd like to say it's because of the weather but, that's due to hit tomorrow. I called it.
I took time to review my gear and realized my ruck is failing on the shoulder straps. My hiker buddies and I went looking for outfitters in Hiawassee. There aren't any in this hiker town. I spent some time sowing. I did order a pack from REI while I had service. T-mobile doesn't have much coverage here.
Yesterday, I came down from Tray Mountain, a 10 mile hike, the shortest yet. Gamer and I got an easy ride into the Blueberry Patch Hostel. The world's greatest hiker palace. Gary & Lennie are great hosts, with a bunk house that sleeps 12. They offer a complementary breakfast in the morning. Totally worth the hike in.
Tonight I'm at Top of Georgia Hostel. It's a new place off the trail. It's run by a former thru-hiker and guide. The luxury here is the marble & hot water foot bath.