Lights on @ Neels Gap was 7am. This was our earliest start yet...and it was 30 deg & wet. however, by noon it'd turned into a pretty nice day. We caught up to a couple of our hiking buddies - Zip Code, a postal worker from Durham, NC & Robert, who is from Anderson, SC. We actually hiked on & off with them all day. We got our 2nd dose of trail magic when we came to the road crossing @ Hogpen Gap. A sweet local man named Bruce had set up a tailgate for hikers. His spread included fresh fruit, cookies, candy, drinks, ice & lawn chairs. We capitalized on a banana & Pepsi before getting back at it on the trail. We finished up the day at around 19 miles & are laying in Tentville licking our wounds...hoping to sleep it off & pound out another 18 miler tomorrow!
Our dinner of brown minute rice mixed with Ramen & beef jerky (a close 2nd to home cooked spaghetti) is putting us to bed with warm full tummies.