April 4: Much less sketchy shuttle back to woodys gap. Today was as beautiful and easy as yesterday was brutal and hard. But there is a worse storm arriving in the morning. So we hiked 8 miles to the top of blood mountain. We are going to camp up here despite not having the required bear canisters. I half assed hung my food in a tree and we’ll hope for the best. We will bug out at 6am before the weather arrives. Two miles down the mountain is a trading post and hostel at Neely gap. It’s first come first serve and we aim to be there before it opens. We hope to ride out the storm all day tomorrow there. The knee is getting a little gimpy so I hope to get a brace at the trading post. Hopefully I’ll have plenty of time at the hostel to check in. Happy trails.

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