Friday April 13, 2012 - I know... I know.... planning a hike in the remote wilderness for Friday the 13th is not most folk's idea of a good time, but I was itching to get back on the trail after my winter hiatus and that just happened to be the best time for me to go. So, I made my preparations, checked the local radio stations for any mention of escaped convicts and headed out.
I planned to meet my shuttle driver, Kathy, at Wayah Gap around 11:00 a.m. which would give us plenty of time to drive to Deep Gap and let me hit the trail by Noon. After a quick pit stop at the Franklin Walmart I drove up to Wayah Gap where Kathy was waiting for me. As for shuttle drivers, she met all of my AT hiking criteria...she was on time, knew where to go and didn't drive off a cliff while getting there.