Most trail towns are actually about ten miles off the trail, but the AT goes right through the middle of Hot Springs, NC. We hiked nine miles into town today and decided to stay in a hostel for the night. Lucky for us, not only did we get the last room but tonight was a burrito feed for hikers, complete with banana pudding and beer! There is a wildfire in the mountains North of town and a section of the trail is closed. We will probably take a Zero here tomorrow so Paul can heal some blisters. Rain is expected but if the fire situation doesn’t change we’ll have to take a shuttle to the next open section of trail, which is about 15 miles ahead. Playing it by ear for now, enjoying a funky trail town before we get back out there. The next resupply town is Erwin, TN.