Blue Mt Shelter-Cheese Factory Site 6.6 miles
Blue Mt. Shelter: 3,800'- Unicoi Gap: 2, 949' - Rocky Mt. Summit: 4,017
Indian Grave Gap: 3, 113 - Cheese Factory Site: 3,600'
This the beginning of our 4th day had brought us 21.3 miles through the wilderness and we had 19 miles to go. We would intersect our food stash @ 2.2 miles away in Unicoi Gap. We started to wish we had left more water and fresh clothes in the stash.
|Marsha With pack cover on|
The trail to Unicoi was rocky and downhill. I picked up a stick to help me with it, and replaced it with other sticks as better ones showed up along the way-I found that its better to use a stick when you need it then drop it when you dont! So using whats avaialable is the way I do it! Marsha n JT got to the stash first and already had it down by the time I got there. We took it to the road and sat on a log near the parking area on HWY. 75.
|Resting with our STASH in Unicoi Gap|
It was fun going thru the stash, kinda like Christmas!! Marsha wished then she had left a Snickers bar and a coke in the stash and she entertained the idea of hitching a ride to the BP station we knew was not far away... just to do so...
BUT we quickly talked her back to reality!! We divied up the food and the water...now we had GOOD water and Bad Water. Bad water being the water we had collected from streams and dirty springs. So we could have used MORE water and filled ALL our bottles with GOOD water..(note to self for next trip)
Some road workers pulled in to have their lunch break as we headed off and up Rocky Mt. Unicoi is at 2,949' and Rocky is gonna take us to 4,017' so you know what that means right? OMgoodness-
We had a rest before reaching the summit on rocks, and then continued on filling our empty bottles at a stream crossing.
|taking a breather climbing Rocky Mt.|
|The Beast looks like he has had it |
Climb up Rocky Mt. 4,017 ft
|Lean on Me, climbing Rocky Mt.|
|Marsha Rocky Mt. Summit|
|Me in Indian Grave Gap|
|Resting Indian Grave Gap Pack on...|
We had to leave the trail on a blue blazed trail to get to the campsite which had water at it. We crossed over the Tray Mt.Rd.again and right alongside it was the campsitesThere was a great spring too
|JT resting when we first arrived at the Cheese Factory Site|
|You mean this white blaze?|