Oh, Georgia: Trail Update #1
Hi all, checking in from the Top of Georgia Hostel, which is the cutest hostel! The staff here makes you feel like family, it is a joy to stay here–Highland Dave even gave all three of us an impromptu foot massage to ease our muscles.
The first couple weeks on the trail have been challenging, both mentally and physically. Only three days after starting we had to take several days off for a couple reasons. First, our first night I woke up to guns going off–yes, GUNS! Apparently, there is an Army Ranger training ground near Springer. That would have been good to know right off the bat, darn near scared me right off the mountain! Then, one of our teammates tweaked her back, and we had to get off for her to rest. Shout out to Ron’s Appalachian Trail shuttle for the pick up, tootsie pops, and laughs! After two nights in a hotel in Gainesville, the forecast for all of northern GA showed snow, snow, and more snow–not to add the temperatures in the teens and below. And just to add to this, all three of us got a cold!
To say these days off hurt my spirit would be an understatement. Only a couple days on the trail–only a few miles into the hike and boom–we have to take days off for injury, weather, and illness. Talk about disheartening.
Patience is a tough lesson, but a necessary one.
In other, more lighthearted news, I have a trail name!!
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You and your friends are doing great! The trail is going to throw a lot of curve balls and harsh conditions at you, but it will turn around and reward you just the same. The cold was hard for me and my girlfriends Lucky last year too (we’re from California). Don’t worry about everyone zipping by this early on. Some people are really stoked on their new freedom and ride that momentum to hike fast and do a lot of miles in the beginning. Your momentum will pick up too.
In 3 months, your delay won’t even matter and you’ll probably be in Shenandoah enjoying delicious milkshakes at a wayside with warm weather. Hang in there!
I’ve heard it said “don’t try to fight the trail” Accept delays and enjoy every moment, you have support in your group, and the trail family at large. Best Wishes…..