It’s really beginning!

I can’t believe that it’s really going to happen.  This morning I was in Nebraska visiting the grandkid and now I’m in Poplar (not popular) Bluff Missouri making my way to Amicalola Falls State Park to begin my AT Thru Hike.

Whattttttttt say you!  I say –I can’t believe it’s actually happening.

After almost a year of planning, my hiking partner dropping out and many life events which delayed my start, I’m finally on the road headed to start my hike.

It’s kinda surreal in a weird way.

 Shove that pack in there.

First, I had to figure out how to shoehorn my large, full 38lb pack into my SmartCar for the 12 hour drive.  I had planned to start the drive tomorrow, but why wait.  After the 5 hour drive from Nebraska, we did a few last minute things in Missouri and hit the road southward.  No plans, no reservations, nothing, nada, zilch planned.

As it got dark and the road a little more swervy, we picked Poplar Bluff as a potential stopping location.   We seemed to have an Oklahoma traveling partner planning leapfrog as we drove acrosd southeastern Missouri.  However, they slowed down during the curvy hilly roads leading into Poplar Bluff.

Online, there appeared to be many available rooms at the Confort Inn, but as we arrived on the out skirts of town, a NEW Motel 6 looked good and the price was substantially less.  So we pulled in to see if they had availabilty.

Sure enough, plenty of rooms BUT…they didn’t have working Hot Water.  What ????  I asked if they’d cut us a deal, but it was No Bueno.  So, back in the car to Confort Inn.

Then we see a Holiday Inn with better online prices, so we wheel in.  Rooms yes, but price was Not what was advertised.  SO, BACK IN THE CAR!

Destination Confort Inn, AGAIN!

And a BIG Shoutout goes to Ryan at Comfort Inn.  After our key cards didn’t work  for our room and it sounded like soneone was already in our assigned room, he upgraded us to a suite…Now THAT my friends is Customer Service.

As myWife said when we pulled into Comfort Inn, we should have never changed our original plan.

The moral of the story…stay with the known.

Tomorrow, we’re finishing up the miles to Amicalola Falls to spend the before I get on the trail.  It’s supposed to rain (a lot) over the weekend, so my first days on trail are forecasted to be extremely WET.  ⛈⛈⛈⛈⛈

 My co-pilot for life.  She'd go to the end of the world and back with me.
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