Day 1 DONE

Plans on how to get to Springer Mountain this morning was still very fluid.  YESTERDAY,  I called many hiker shuttles and no one was available.

So this morning I gambled.  I headed over to USFS42 and began hiking and praying someone would pick me up as I marched up the hill.

In about 20 minutes, the rain started coming down.  So I pulled out my new Snow Peak umbrella only to find I hadn’t practiced how to attach it to my pack so I coukd still use my trekking poles…so shame on me ?

Good thing it wasn’t coming down too hard and I quickly devised a plan and it worked.  That $50 could be the best money I spent.

As for a ride up the mountain…

The first car past without even a glance or touching of their brakes.  However, after about an hour hiking the road, along comes Joyce and Sally.  They told me to load my stuff and jump in.  So my 6.5 mile ascent ended up only being 3.5.  Hip Hip Hooray!

I did take a photo with these two wonderful ladies but they asked I not post it.  However, A BIG THANK YOU to them.  If you need a shuttle give them a call.

Since then, I hiked up to the Southern Terminus and now am camping at Hawk Mountain Shelter for the night.

Mileage for the day

  • Total – 12.6 miles
  • To Terminus – 1 mile
  • USFS 42 – 3.5 miles
  • AT – 8.1 miles

I was only supposed to do an 8 miler — maybe tomorrow.

Also, I’d like to give a big shout out to the following people I met today.

  • Mighty Mouse – he was headed to the terminus to sign the log book as I was coming down.
  • Tom – ATC Ridge Runner at Springer.  So glad these peopke are out here.
  • Lydia – Hawk Mtn ATC Ridge Runner. She’s headed off to work with the US Forest Service in Washington State in May.  She was laying in her hammock as I approachec Hawk Mtn…what a life.  BTE Congrats on the job!

Tomorrow’s another day with big rains forecasted for tonight and tomorrow!   That’s the Only reason I’m in a shelter!

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