Here’s another quick update about the last couple days. We like to add more pictures when we have the internet access to give you guys a better idea of what we are doing. This 40 mile stretch took us another 3 days over easier terrain and culminated with a “Zero Day” in Hiawassee.
It’s hard to believe it but After years if talk and months of preparation, Clayt and I finally made it onto the trail. We were dropped off to start hiking the pre-trail at Amacalola and made it to the first shelter – just before the summit of Springer Mountain and the official start of the AT – in our “first day”.
Lindsay and I signed into the Appalachian Trail log book at Amicalola Falls State Park as 2014 AT Thru-hikers numbers 1248 and 1249. There are many more hikers that don’t go to the traditional starting point and don’t sign in, so the actual number of people to start this year ahead of us is more likely 2,000. Nonetheless, we signed the symbolic book and the not-so-symbolic process of walking hundreds of thousands of steps towards Maine began.
Continue reading Number 1248 and Number 1249 – The Journey Begins
We’re here at Neel’s Gap, Georgia after a painful descent off of Blood Mountain. We have two blog posts ready to go but they don’t have wi-fi here, just a guest computer. When we go to town for a break in a few days we’ll be updating the blog with more pictures and some actual writing.
So far so good, Lindsay has a few blisters and we both are tired. No rain yet and the forcast looks good for the next couple days so on we go!
This is our quick, down and dirty “this is where we are at” post. We’ll update it with date, location and mileage as often as we can for those wanting to follow along! You won’t get notifications though so check back often.
September 12th – Andover, ME (South Arm Road); 1938.5 Miles from Springer
September 5th – Gorham, NH (Pinkham Notch); 1865.9 Miles from Springer
August 28th – Hanover, NH; 1743.8 Miles from Springer
August 25th – Rutland, VT; 1697.0 Miles from Springer
August 2nd – Greenwood Lakes, NY; 1367.9 Miles from Springer
July 15th – Waynesboro, PA; 1062.0 Miles from Springer
July 10th – Harper’s Ferry, WV; 1019.3 Miles from Springer
July 2nd – Waynesboro, VA; 857.3 Miles from Springer
June 24th – Daleville, VA; 724.0 Miles from Springer
June 17th – Pearisburg, Virginia; 631.3 Miles from Springer, 1554.0 Miles from Katahdin
June 7th – Damascus, Virginia; 467.4 Miles from Springer, 1717.9 Miles from Katahdin
June 2nd – Black Bear Resort, Hampton, Tennessee; 417.0 Miles from Springer
May 27th – Erwin, Tennessee; 342.1 Miles from Springer
May 22nd – Hot Springs, North Carolina; 273.9 Miles from Springer
May 11th – Clingman’s Dome, North Carolina; 199.1 Miles from Springer
May 8th – Fontana Dam, North Carolina; 164.1 Miles from Springer
May 5th – “The NOC”, Natahala Outdoor Center, North Carolina; 137.1 Miles from Springer
April 29th – Hiawassee, Georgia; 69.6 Miles from Springer
April 26th – Neel’s Gap Georgia; 31.7 Miles from Springer
April 23rd – Amicalola Falls State Park; -8.8 Miles from Springer
April 22rd – Atlanta, Georgia; 0 Miles from Springer, 2185 from Katahdin