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Day 26- Momentum

Day 26- Momentum

 

Friends,
We left our beautiful mountain home full of food and stocked with frozen water. Bill and Chris were excellent hosts and set us up for a wonderful day. Our short term goal was a country store called Oak Ridge. It sat at the bottom of Warm Springs Mountain and we made all ten miles in one shot.
Our next hurdle was the 5 mile hike over the top. Once again we gave it all we had to get to the top, where we were greeted by Porter White. She was an older woman who told us all her stories about hitchhiking and lost love during and following her college career. We floated down the mountain with some extra cash in our pockets. We were dreaming of smoothies and sure enough once we hit the bottom there was a place with fresh fruit smoothies waiting for us.
All day long people had been telling us we were going to be coming up on a hotel called the Homestead. Just before we came upon the huge historic hotel we met John Hart. He was a retired engineer who had worked at The Homestead and is currently a volunteer firefighter and property manager. Furthermore he was a certified weather watcher and father of two. This widower was kind enough to take us in. We passes the hotel, which was gorgeous, and came to John's home. Being the eccentric and do-it-all individual that he was his house was equally busy. He offered to move some things around in the living room so that we could sleep in the air conditioned room, but we opted to set up our ten in the front yard. Having come many miles it was all we could do to write in our journals before falling asleep.
To a long haul,
Levi