5/25 Partnership Shelter (10.6)

May 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Today we woke up and left the shelter early for a change!  It’s amazing what real food can do for our motivation.  In fact, the shelter cleared out by 8 AM.  Everyone was afraid that the other hikers would eat all the food and so we all tried to beat each other there.  The church that was offering food was incredibly nice.  They had some previous thru hikers and some hopeful potential thru hikers, and they stuffed us full of donuts, pastries, coffee, burgers, and chili dogs.  We actually spent hours there talking and eating.
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We knew we weren’t really on a schedule since our plan was to go ten miles to Partnership shelter next to Marion and resupply there for tomorrow, but eventually we did have to drag ourselves away and struggle through the easy ten miles with very full bellies.  Our gluttony proved useful though since we stayed full all the way until Marion, where we ate the entire produce section of an Ingles.
Brownie, one of the previous thru hikers that helped out with the church’s hiker feed, drove to Marion on her way home to pick up hikers and shuttle them around and she helped us get everything done – laundry, groceries, and all.  The shelter was the first one since Fontana Dam to have showers, so we even got (mostly) clean. We fell asleep to the sound of hikers playing music and eating pizza (the pizza place delivered to the shelter).  After the brutal weather of the Highlands, we felt so fortunate for this day.
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Partnership shelter. Not well known for enforcing its rules.