Jerry Cabin Shelter to Spring Mountain Shelter. 15.4 miles.
Had a geat nights sleep in the hammock. I am liking snuggling deep down into the down sleeping bag. I didn’t wake up till after 8:00 and didn’t leave for the trail till 10:00. Rained the entire morning. The trail was slick, my feet stayed wet, but I embraced the rain. We just don’t get that many opportunities to play in the rain at home.
I got to the next shelter at 2 o’clock, and met two SOBO (south bound) through hikers that had traveled all the way down from Maine. I was just going to relax and set up the hammock, but they were going to go all the way to Hot Springs, a truly unreasonable amount of miles. So I slammed on my pack and headed for the next shelter 9 miles away. It wasn’t easy but I made it by 6:30, quickly made my dinner of garlic noodles and went off to sleep. Oh yea, saw 2 bears on the way, just doing bear stuff.
Flint Mtn. Shelter to Jerry Cabin Shelter. 6.4 miles
The Green Tunnel refers to the forest we have been hiking through. With all of the trees and brush, we have not had many great views yet. Just a trail carpeted with leaves of all shapes and sizes and brush. Occasionally we pop out into a meadow, and then back into the trees.
Slept ok in the shelter last night, on the trail by 9:00, and hiked to next Jerry Cabin Shelter for a low mileage day. Rained all night and all day. I got here at 2:00 and just didn’t want to go anymore, and the next shelter was another 6.9 miles away. Set up my hammock for tonight. I’ll pick up some miles tomorrow.
Get off the ground
The blue bag hanging from the cables is my food
Had cornbread dressing and vanilla pudding for dinner.
Sam’s Gap to Flint Mtn Shelter . 11 miles
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Day 1 on the trail was awesome. The word for the day is moist. While it rained all day, the tree canopy caught most of it, and I stayed dry. A SOBO thru hiker I met, Ozzie, said it has been this way for a week, and he was ready for some sun. After all my practice hikes in 95+ degree sun, 60 degrees and moist was a pleasure.
Made it to Shelter after 6:00. Made mashed potatoes and bacon for dinner. Everyone was in their bags and light were out by 7:30.
Thanks for seeing me off. Less than 12 hours before I hit the trail. Spending the night in Asheville, NC.
All the gear in the duffle weighed on 35 lbs at the Southwest ticket counter. On to Atlanta
If it’s not in the pile it is not coming. It does not look like enough for 31 days, I just hope it fits in the backpack. tomorrow we are off for Asheville, North Carolina, via Atlanta. then I start the trail bright and early Thursday morning.
Just sent my first box of food and supplies to Hartford, TN near the intersection of the AT and the north side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Hope to see that box on October 7th as I enter the park.
Forecasts for 1st day on the trail. I might even need a jacket.
Asheville, NC Thu, Oct 1 H73° L52° mostly cloudy 20% chance of rain
Austin, TX Thu, Oct 1 H94° L70° mostly sunny 20% chance of rain
Did my last pre-trip hike with my pack at trip weight at Pedernalas Falls State Park. A good time was had by all! Just 10 more days till the adventure begins. I think I’m ready. And a special thanks to the Rosner’s for my Dirty Girl Gaiters!!!!
Hiking in style with the Dirty Girls. They are like a little hug for your ankles.
Required trail selfie
Someone was busy
Yes, I have seen A Walk in the Woods. I have also ready the book and seen Wild (but not yet read that one). I liked it ok as a Hollywood buddy picture…but it was much less about the hiking, the AT, and the community surrounding the trail than the book was. For me, the book was much more entertaining and enlightening on both the AT and long distance hiking. The movie was fun and beautiful. I would just like to hire the service that brought Robert Redford a fresh outfit every day on the trail. I’m just bringing one “go” outfit, one town outfit, and a to and bottom for sleep.