Day 20: Hitchhiking

Publish date: May 8, 2019

Hitching is normal in trail culture. Say your most convenient resupply option is 15 miles from town. Uber isn’t an option. Hiking 30 extra miles isn’t an option either.

To get back to the trail from Gatlinburg, MJ and Brad spent 30 minutes with their thumbs out while Rob, James, and I hid in the woods. An SUV pulled over and didn’t mind cramming all 5 of us and our packs in. The couple who picked us up, Julie and Kurt, were vacationing in town and didn’t even know about the trail. They just picked us up because “they were young once.” So many people have been interested in what we’re doing, and most of them have willfully helped where they could. The kindness and enthusiasm we’ve received from non-hikers has been one of the best parts of this journey, so far.