Being Present…

A Disclaimer…

This entry is short and sweet. I want to keep you up to date as much as possible. My first ten days on the AT were with friends, friends who have now departed. I deliberately stayed off the phone as much as possible in order to socialize with them… been a few years since we last saw each other.

If you have the luck and opportunity to begin your thru-hike with friends, especially previous thru-hikers, I recommend it! Took the edge off completely (it’s back now).

01 April 23 (5)

Zero day! Did my resupply at the Walmart. Mailed home some miscellaneous items. Breakfast was provided by the same church as the day before. Spent the day packing and repacking.


02 April 23 (6)

Neels Gap to low Gap Shelter.

03 April 23 (7)

Low Gap Shelter to Unicoi Gap. My first hostel! If you’re looking for a great and clean place to stay… Around The Bend Hostel gets two thumbs up!

04 April 23 (8)

Unicoi Gap to Addis Gap. 11ish mile day… and whew! Hardest part of the GA AT! After a relentless, but doable, ascent to Rocky Mountain, snapped a few pictures and introduce myself to the Swag of the Blue Ridge.

05 April 23 (9)

Addis Gap to Dick’s Creek Gap. A Nero to get into town. Six miles took us about 3 1/2 hours. Another gorgeous day! Learned about and am now able to recognize fiddleheads.

06 April 23 (10) zero

The Jays have left! My friends from AK who volunteered with Warrior Expeditions this year to kick off the AT. We deployed together and have been friends ever since. I’ve been maximizing my time with them and slacking on my social media requirements. So more to follow if you’re keeping tabs! Today is my zero as well. Route planning, yoga, food is the agenda for the day.

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Comments 1

  • J : Apr 6th

    Great write up! It was awesome getting to hike with you. Now time to crush those miles!


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