The Best Trail Angels
Thanks to Donna Slack we made contact with Gail and Jay Gibson who lives in Sylva which is about 45 minutes from NOC where we got off the trail. She drove all the way to get us and gave us showers and a pork chop/baked potato dinner. It was amazing! We had gone 6 days without a shower and it was high time! We stopped at Walmart before showering and people looked at us kinda funny. Renee’s shirt has seen better days. Maybe white shirts might not be the best color to wear on the trail? It has been pretty muddy on the trail the last few days, so things are a bit grimy.
We zeroed on Friday and Renee was able to play the Gibson’s guitar. It was so nice to have a house to come to and relax in. We hit the all you can eat at Ryan’s with fried fish, mac and cheese, salads, fresh fruit and of course ice cream! We made a huge salad with all the fixin’s. Yeah for fresh fruits and veggies!
The Gibsons were kind enough to let us do laundry, borrow paracord, ziplock bags and razor, and let us sprawl out all our stuff everywhere. We did dishes in their sink and they fed us 2 wonderful meals! The Gibson’s had some friends over that have hiked some of the trail. Over a smoked pork supper we discussed marathoning and hiking, blisters and the health care system. We had 4 medically trained people at the table. After supper Kim and Dickie said that between them and Jay and Gail they would be willing to bring our next mail drop too us at Gatlinburg. That will save us a 15 mile trip each way to resupply. These people are amazing!
Even when we have been treating Alison’s blisters and walking in the rain we have been bolstered by God. Then we meet people like the Woodards and Gibsons and we are blessed beyond measure. Our God is so good! I am just overwhelmed by the generosity, amazed by God’s faithfulness to take care of His people.
Cool story: Reaper was saying that he could really go for some fried chicken, pork chops and macaroni and cheese. When I called Gail she said there was an all you can eat place that had fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Then I said we could eat before she came an got us, but she said she had pork chops to use up. Wow God! Then the Woodards come over for supper and offer to hold our package for us. So blown away. Do us a favor and thank God for us. We are doing much of that too. And finding a Christian to walk the trail with in Reaper. We are blessed. I can’t wait to see what other ways He will provide.
It will be awhile before we can update again. Take care all!