He ended up dropping me off about 40 minutes before sunset, so I was able to get a start on the trail a bit, and had time to get to a shelter on the trail. I was planning on getting there anyways, even if it meant night hiking. The trail was actually quite nice, going by a bunch of mountain retreat homes and climbing along a bunch of nice streams.
The shelter was nicer than most of the AT shelters. Unfortunately the BMT association is limiting everything to only 2 shelters on the trail, keeping with a more wilderness setting.
One nice thing about the shelter is the register. There was another ECT hiker, "Lakeland" who passed through several days ago, going the opposite way, so I missed him.
Tomorrow I will be getting to the start of the Pinhoti, about 19 miles from the shelter.
2 miles down