The last stretch of trail has been challenging and beautiful. I had a stomach bug for a couple days which made the hiking a little more tiring, but nothing too serious. Yesterday we made a 20 mile stretch to make up for be holed up in a shelter on a previous eight mile day becuase of severe thunderstorms. The weather in these mountains is powerful! Yesterday we passed over "Big Bald" in thick cloud/fog and 32 degrees with a howling wind. It felt more like the Scottish highlands or Siberian Tundra. We were low on food and energy when we summited this 5,500 foot heath bald, but luckily we had whats called a "trail magic" experience.
An ex-thru-hiker by the name of "wildchild" Jeff was out for a day hike with his sister and 72 year old mother. He was 6'4'', jolly, and wearing overalls. We met this crew of three under the surreal and gnarly white out conditions on the heath bald. He pulled out a sack of granola bars, an apple, and sun dried banana chips. He let us chose what we wanted. That was great.
We also had lunch at a very religous household, who were giving us Christian books as we left and asking us questions like "What is truth? and "What is tolerance?". Theres a great story to it, but my time has run out on the internet at the Erwin public library. Bye for now, and thankyou mom, for making our blogsite about 100 times better looking.