Day 42 Lost Mountain Shelter to wise Shelter Mile 504

Tues 22nd May

I woke around 5.30 and dozed until  6am, before getting up ,I let down my mat  before wandring off to the loo. on my way back I collected my food bag, then  I grabbed my pack and took it outside the shelter so as not to wake people . I  went back and grabbed  my mat and sleeping bag. once outside I stuffed my bag into its stuff sack then rolled up my mat.once done assembled my stove and put on a brew  before making breakfast.
I continued to pack as I sipped my tea. when I  was ready I slung my pack onto my back and headed out  it was 7. 30.
I knew it was going to be a day of climbing so  wanted to  have an early start .The trail started off nice ,  a lovely tread just how I like it but it wasnt long until  it  quickly began to climb  snd  become  knarly and rocky. My poorly foot didn’t like this as every knock sent painwaves up my leg with the odd swear word, but I continued on. later i came to a field of cows I was busy trying to photograph one that I did not hear the hiker approaching me and almost jumped out of my skin.
Sorry Snail didn’t mean to scare you!!
I left the cows and continued climbing, after about an hour I was  at the top with amazing views .
This is why we climb mountains.!!
I continued climbing until I met all the girls who were at the previous shelter. They had  camped on top of the mountain.
We’re you not cold I asked?
Bloody freezing came the reply.
I laughed and carried on
The trail snaked down then around  the mountain before climbing once more
As I walked I noticed a sign for water, so stopped and  filled up it looked and tasted good that i didnt bother to filter.

As i crossed over the road there were some bags of crisps and home made cakes (Trail magic) I grabbed a muffin and bag of crisps. thanks you x.
The trail today was horrid or rather horrid for me it was rocks and  roots or sludgy water. When it’s raining I would normally plough straight throughthis stuff.
Today seemed just hard work and my foot being fragile and tender was not helping.
The hours ticked by, I should be at the shelter by now ?
At last the trail  began to decend  and soon i entered  a  car park, with  toilets. Such a treat when your hiking  lol.
I decided to have a break and take lunch. I had almost finished when it began to rain.
I quickly put my food away , put on my pack cover before  visited the loo. INside the loo was a trash can ,so I quickly returned with my trash.
I pushed on , my  next climb was mount Robert’s,  which was  the mountain that i  thought that i had climbed earlier.! Once again it was more rock and slushy mud , I think I crossed about 50 streams,There was so much  water , water every where and I was still climbing.
I stopped an checked my map, the shelter was  still miles away . I must admit to becoming a bit angry with myself , my foot and the terrain as I had left early and still has miles to go.
Then I noticed horses, these are wild in Virginia. then a deer bounced out in front of me scarring me to death a d I sloped and fell into the boggy stream . dazed a d sho ked I picked myself up .luckily now damage. and walked o . sat on a rock I. fro t as toast surrounded by ponies and several very young foals. it waz lovey to see.

I moved on and eventually arrived at the shelter. it was o lyvwhen k began to look at my maps that i realized that this shelter was much further away than normal. in fact this one was almost twice the distance away .so that’s why I hadn’t reached it by 11.30 Doh Stupid Snail. I took off my shoes and had a proper break . ate some more snacks .

This was the shelter with the Bear issue. a bear had before rather clever and was managing to steal peoples food bags . he had broken off 8″ tree limbs yo steal the food and so the rangers had, had to install bear boxes (Big tool chests) for people to put their food into.

I studied my maps the next shelter was 6 more miles away ….. Yes I can do that so set off. passing several of the new bear boxes.

As I dropped down into the next meadow I could see more horses and longhorn cows

As I walked through the gate I noticed a very new foal lying in the grass oh bless.

But I needed to push on . again out of the meadow and back to rock and some crazy climbing unroll I came to

500 miles whoop whoop just under 1/4 walked I felt so good and began to.push on with a great smile on my face

I I dropped down I came to a stretch of tea that the trail guys have been working on Thank You so much . rocks had been flattened . steps installed the trail bed graded and filled with varying sizes of stone it was amazing and no easy feat.

So thank you so so every much as it was s joy to walk down . Toast had once again caught me up . well she’s younger and fitter. we chatted as we counted fown the miles to the next shelter. she asked me question on the PCT. the shelters the water a d I gladly answered. we were chatting so much the miles flew and soon we had arrived. it was all very near and tidy 2 privys but there was only room for one and no camping aroundcthe shelter….. Weird. I let toast have my spot and I decided to hike on . I had just left when booom went the thunder. oh dear I thought need to find somewhere quick.

I stopped by river and filled up my bottles. then headed out I ended up alking for about  2 miles before spotting a place.
I dropped my pack and my tent was soon up and tea was on

7pm and my day is done.

mile 504.5. miles hiked 18.5

Start 486
Finish 504.5
mileage 18.5 miles
Remaining 1686 Miles

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Day 4 Heading to Neels gap.

Day 4
I slept fairy well waking at 7 am as I emerged from my tent  i  could make out more tents   through the fog.
I headed for the bathroom ( the big tree), after I retrieved  my food bag from the tree, I  put on my stove to make tea.
I packed up and dropped my tent,  drank my tea and ate a power bar.
I was ready, It was almost 8am  ,I  hoisted my pack and set off  through the Fog.
There were 3 tents remaining as i headed out.
I hadn’t gone far when I needed to stop as there was something in my shoe.
Then I had to stop again as I was cooking in my fleece. Okay snail let’s try again.
I gingerly made my way  along  the trail, although the trail headed  down it was littered with rocks.
I was going to film more but I was  too tired . Maybe too much sun yesterday or too many miles?
The trail  eventually  changed to what I like, enabling me to push. I popped a jolly rancher into my mouth i love these boiled sweets as they are quite quenching. T
The trail this morning was as a bit of a roller coaster.but  i was making good progress  and  soon arrived at  Woody Gap and there were trash cans . I dumped my rubbish and a few other items  to lighten my load as Blood mountain is coming up and i am dreading the climb.

As I crossed through the parking lot i  could see  the team of 4 hikers who i had been leap frogging. I waved and continued on.
The trail started gentle but then quickly  began to get steep  and so my normal puffing and panting  began , as I climbed.
This place seemed really popular as many day hikers were coming the other way.
As the trail climbed higher, i had to keep pausing to sip water and to catch my breath. Finally I was at the summit and the trail began to decent. I passed John who was resting but  he would  soon catch  me. We hiked together for a while until we came to water.
I topped up and was on my way as the team of four appeared. The trail from here was nice, a lovely sandy surface I followed the 4 for a while until the trail began to climb once more
The next hour was up and down, fast and slow, ping went my watch informing me that I had been hiking for 3 hours so decided to stop for lunch. I was still carrying far too much food …Why! Well I was going to hike slower so would require more food.
I ate tortillas with tuna I don’t really flour tortilla , but its food. I rested for a while before setting  off  towards the dreaded Blood Mountain. There were a couple of large ups and downs then it was the climb. I set off up on my slow stomp chugging  slowly up.
Many hikers were coming down as it’s a big tourist spot, as they passed by  tseveral said  “your almost there” and every single one was a bloody liar ha ha
At last the Blood mountain shelter appeared which confussed me , had I done it !!
Yes indeed I had and it wasn’t as bad as people had said.  It was now  downhill to Neels gap.
But the first desent was down over large slabs of granite. I so glad it wasn’t raining as this would be suicide and it wasnt  easy in the dry . Slow was safe, eventually it evened out and I began to stride but then it turned into  a quarry. It was more for goats than hikers it was bloody awful. And still  it was busy with tourists, other hikers and dogs.
I  joined up withthree other hikers as we began to stride down the mountain  to Neels gap.
Atwe began to decend i could at last see it . I crossed the road  and stared at a tree that was  full of boots !! It appeasr to be a custom. I made my way to the shop fingers crossed that there may be room in the bunk house
Dam  No it was full, so i would be  camping outside.

Then big Mike (whiterice)  appeared and offered me his bunk.
Cheers Mike , I grabbed a cherry coke and made my way to the Bunk house.
Mikes  original spot was a top bunk, that will do nicely . I organised my stuff, dumped some gear that I didn’t need . then took a shower . Oh the hot  water felt so good.. Whilst in the shower I  washed my socks pants and top, then hung them outside to dry.
I did a small re-supply (pricey) and a berry soda that was realy tasty.
I checked my maps and sorted through my  gear once more , as  i sat  outside  i chatted to  other hikers , before  ordering  a pizza.
It was so tasty but I couldn’t eat it all so gave it to other hikers.
I sat outside chatting for a while before the bugs forced me inside .

Start 18.9
Finish 31.1
Miles 12.2

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Day 3 Hawks campsite to Hooch.

Hawks campsite to hooch.

I woke about 3am but didnt emerged from my tent until 7 .30.  I visited the privy left a donation. I then removed my food from the bear box and headed back to my tent.

I put my stove together and put water on to boil .  I was so looking forward to my first  cuppa of the day to  revive  my aching body

As I broke camp. Mike (sandles) was already packed but Joe next door was still sleeping. I made tea, that tasted so good. As I sat drinking my tea, the  German man came past we chatted for a while then I finished packing, but  then decided to make another brew. Joe finally emerged and offered me some sun block Thanks Joe.

At last I am away and shortly join the trail .I march on but the trail is gnarly and  crap.
I  am unable  to  get  any  rhythm  so  walk  slowly . it’s  seems to  take forever until I reach the turn to Hawk shelter, the one we should have stayed at  yesterday if only we could  read !!.

I pushed on catching  and passing several hikers , always a good sign . At last the rocky trail  stopped and  normal hiking could  begin, but sadly  not for long. The trail began to climb  and  it was a steep climb up that was quickly followed by a steep and this was repeated several  times .The ups getting steeper but the downs were worse as they killed my knees

I eventually caught up with  Jonathan, he had stayed at the shelter, but every body  had  camped due to the numerous mice that lived there !!

At last a nice part of trail enabling me to get a bit of speed up. This enabled me  to  at last  take some video.
As i began  to descend into a gap  i could see the German man and Jonathan . were there we said our hellos then I pushed on and up.

God the ups were steep and Ialmost ground to an  halt. I chugged down some lemonade and shuffled on and up puffing and panting. It was hot very hot and no shade.
A group of 4 hikers zipped past me past me and disappeared into the distance. whixh  is always  depressing . I pushed on, at  last  the trail be gan to level  out and  i  could increase my spped once again

As i walked i began to hear water  to  my right  and  began to drop  down through the tres   and eventually arrived  at  the  banks  of the watert. The four Hikers  that  had passed me , were just moving on after filling up with water . I crossed the river and dropped my pack, took off my shoes and socks before soaking my  feet into the cool waters. it  was heven.

I filled up and was resting when several other hikers appeared. they were heading for goo xxx. another 4 miles.

I pondered for few minutes before  deciding that  I too could make that . I hoisted my pack and strolled off down the trail. I passed the camp  at mile 8 that  was my original target for te day  and kept going.. I hope this isn’t a mistake I muttered to myself.!

God it was hot as I pounded down the trail, I slurped my water, but  it  was  no good I needed to stop again as it was  roasting. i topped up my water and washed my face.
I now had plenty of water ,but was  beginning to run out of energy.
Flat spot with a tree  thats what i now need !! At last, this  will do  its a bit  exposed  on a  mountain but i am done . I put up my tent and collapsed. I’m done

The view . from my tent .
Okay ,my next chore was to hoist my food or hang my food.
I had practiced this a few times  in the  uk ,
But  when i came to doing iot for real  i  was utterly crap.
Finally try  23  i  got  the rope over  the  bloody  tree and wa sable  to  hang  my food bag
I quickly scoffed  my  supper and  straight to bed  ZZZZZ

Start 7.4
Finish 18.9
Miles 11.5

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Day 2

I slept fairly well even though there were some heavy snores in the camp site.

I woke around 7 am and could hear the chatter of other  hikers. it’s no good I need to join them so emerged from my tent to another glorious day.
I visited the loo which I had been putting off as it’s not the nicest of places,  job done so then I went and made tea that certainly revived me. Breakfast was a couple of power bars that I greedily ate.
I began to break camp, it will take me a few weeks to get it slick as I need to be faster especially with wet weather..

OKAY all done, let’s go. I hoisted my pack  and felt the tinge of pain as my back accepted the weight, then I was off and on the Trail by 9am.
After  the briefing  we were advised not to expect big  miles and  to take it easy  for  several weeks and so I do not need the early starts yet.!!

The trail was going to be mostly down today but finishing with an up .
The first part of the trail was awful, strewn with rocks and slabs of granite so slow was safe so that you didn’t trip or fall. I shortly caught big Mike there were about 5 Mike’s in camp last night. I past him and carried on .
At last the Trail became walk able and I was able to increase  increased my speed, this part of the trail was beautiful and oh so peaceful. As I hiked on , the trail passed through a lush green tunnel and I could hear the sound of water cascading below, now and then I caught sight of  the water as it tumbled over rocks. Water seems very plentiful on this trail (so far) so I am probably carrying too much, but I would rather not stop to keep filling up.

The trail  was still heading down which I like but i  knew  it ended with a large up!!
I decided to hike for 2 hours then have lunch something I did not do yesterday.
I kept glancing at my watch untill my  watch pinged , great lunch time. I dropped my pack took off my shoes and relaxed.
I ate tortillas with cheese and ham washed down with lemonade, an apple or orange would have been perfect but i hadn’t packed  any  heavy fruit out

I added lemonade to my water which I had been meaning to do for a while .
I took a longish break until a German hiker similar to me came past we chatted for a while comparing kit then he was gone.I will have 5 more minutes .

I decided to remove my shirt as its so hot. I really needed some sun cream but I hadnt packed any  . I put on my shoes, hoisted my pack and began to walk. My hips hurt and I had a stitch but I walked on.  I had walked  4 miles so 4 more to go much better than yesterday although my body was complaining and the sweat dripped into my eyes stinging them , but i still plodded on .

I can’t do hills my body just sulks, and my pace drops but once on the flat I race to make up the time.
Mike then passed me, this Mike is hiking in flip flops respect to him. I follow him for a while until the next hill where he pulls away , but then I catch him  up on the straight. The mad fool then decides to try barefoot. Big mistake!!. as  the  trail becomes    full of  jagged rocks   so i easily pass him. I am cruising down the trail until my right foot begins to get hot.Bugger I need to stop and address it as   i  dont want to get  a blister.
Oh a sign,  campsite and water. another hiker appears and we confirm this is the target for today. We set off on this side trail  passing a bear box and a privy with tent pads. we seem to be descending too far.. Guys am I wrong ?

Yes this is not the shelter, but just a campsite but I need water so  I continue on until I reach the stream were I fill up . It’s a long way back to the trail and so I decide to camp just past the privy with the bear box and almost back to the trail

I choose spot no 7 and my tent is soon up.
i get out my solar panel and plug in my phone making the most of the sun.
I lie in the sun for a bit then worry about getting burnt so slink back into my tent .
I must have nodded off. as  when i emerged it was 4 pm. Time  for  tea although its a  bit early. but I am parched.
How amazing is tea  and i am soon revived  and refreshed  and  i had had a better  day. r okay supper, I go for a Idaho mash. not my favourite but it’s a change. I add a few splashes of chilli sauce and bacon bits and soon my pot is empty.
it’s still far too early so I make hot chocolate that  i quickly drink  as it tastes so good  that’s so good
Its  far  too early  so i decide to take another nap  in my tent.
When i awake i try to get organised, I sort out my gear , try and get  some sort of routine  before relaxing
night all

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Day 1 heading for springer

I woke up early full of anticipation. Checked my gear then went to checkout
I was feeling nervous as I  waited for my ride.
A car pulled  up and  the driver called out my name ,  Jez  was my driver and  his 5 year  daughter was accompanying  us
It was a 40 min ride to Amacolla fails. and my  driver was very informative and very helpful.
Wow  we  are  here   we drove  through  the park entrance  pausing for me to  take a few photos. Then Jez parked up. I paid  him and retrieved my  heavy  pack. At the entrance  was a set of scales   and  so  i weighed my pack. Omg 54 lb that’s far too heavy I need to get that lighter. and fast !!
I made my way to the Rangers office to register , there were about a dozen fresh new faces   all excited  to  be here too.  We all had to listen to  a  safety briefing , It was very informative ,I didn’t get  this on the PCT
After our briefing we made our way  out and towards  the  trail entrance  . The ranger took our photos  outside the arch , then it was time to walk , I walked  through and arch  and  headed for the trail. This is the approach trail a 7.5 miles trail that joins the AT.

I was dreading this as there are 700 steps to climb first. Omg my age my fitness the sun my pack. It took me 30 minutes until at last I was at the top , hurrah what amazing views.
Well I thought the steps were going to be tough but OMG, this approach trail really kicked my arse. The terrain  was so gnarly and steep that I struggled to get any pace at all.
I sucked on my water house , yummy I love the taste of rubber nice!!. I pushed on and up but my feet didnt appear to be moving, God this is a killer….
It’s no good I need to stop . I dropped my pack laid out my Tyvek and collapsed into it, ‘removed my shoes and socks to air my feet and enjoyed the rest.
OKAY let’s go, I hoisted up my pack and plodded up the trail, the hours were passing but sadly not the miles. The ups were mighty, sapping my strength.
I kept stopping, pausing for breadth , God I am so unfit!!.
This is a killer, I pushed on but after another  hour i  needed to take another break
Pack off ,Tyvek down, shoes and socks off. I  took  another 30 minutes  break before renewing the climb. At 4.30 I reached Springer mountain that is the official start of the Appalachian Trail
It has  taken me 7 hrs to hike 8 miles that’s poor , or rather the terrain is steep, or maybe I am just not as fit as I thought !!

I took the obligatory photo of the Appalachian trail plaque before heading  to the camp site.
There were  about a dozen tents scattered around the shelter, I quickly chose a spot and put my new shiny tent up, dumped my kit inside  and then went in search of water.
Time for tea, I brewed up then cooked pasta which tasted so good
I sat around the table with other hikers joking and telling tales until  my bed began calling to me
good night

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Chores

I slept really well.But it was no good I need to do my chores.
First on the list Walmart. Google said that  it was a  22 minutes walk,so off i went and soon arrived at the store. I zipped up the aisles dropping stuff into my trolley. The problem with large stores like Walmart  is that the packs  are always far bigger than the amounts you actually needs only my want a so  you end up buying a big box .oh well.
I was pleased with my shopping . oh gas I need gas, typically they only  sell the medium size which is not a problem as it will last longer. Okay all done. Next my phone.
The lady in the phone dept. was really good and allowed me to try a Verizon sim, it gave us Wi-Fi but nothing else so I reluctantly went with AT&T
Once paid I made my way to a bin and discarded all the outer wrappings to make my shopping lighter for the walk back

In my shopping i had purchased 2 x 1.5 liter smart water bottles as these are the prefect  bottle  to carry as they  fit easily  into the side pockets of  your pack. But  why the hell did i not  pour the water away rather than struggling back  with  the weight !!!!!

As I got to the road I noticed that I had lost my necklace, bollocks but I was not going to stroll back to look for it, as it was a long way back to the hotel carrying my heavy shopping. I was so pleased when I finally arrived  back to my room..I put on the air con and collapsed on the floor.
Once revived I began to decent my food into zip-locks and then into my pack which began to grow in weight. Too much stuff Snail .too much.!!
Once done I re organised my bounce box before sealing it. Typically once sealed I came across more gear that needed to be inside it . bollocks I said to myself ,I  will just dump the excess gear.
OKAY post office, I put my bounce back into it’s suitcase and headed for the post office. As most people drive it was  not an easy walk.
I eventually arrived all sweaty and hot, passed over my box and other items paid the postage and then could relax

NB

When you post an item in the USA
DO NOT LOSE  THE TRACKING NO!!!

Maybe even take a Photo!!

I will explain about this later

My chores are now done apart from a shuttle I will do that later.
On the way back I decided  to explore the town as I really fancied a beer
Eventually I came across an Irish bar called Shenanigans. It sounded perfect to me and it was. My first beer was 7.5 % that’s rocket fuel for us Brits but god it was so tasty. I ordered some chips with bacon and salsa which was delicious. I chatted to several people at the bar as it was so friendly . So check out Shenanigans in Dahlonega a Great place.

http://theshenaniganspub.com/

once back at my hotel I arranged my shuttle, Appalachian trail here I come whoop.
I best have a  early  night

3 Days to GO!!

3 Days to Go

OH MY GOD its Saturday and I fly out Monday where have those months gone .
It’s been a long time coming but it’s now here

I  have Georgia on my mind , sing up every one . And you Ray

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glggureA_Kk

I  repacked my  pack for the last time , Yes it’s all in there , at  last I can put  it into  its  own bag or “Transporter” as Osprey call them.
My Bounce box is packed and I have a cheap suitcase to put it in , I’m hoping that I can be able to get that on as  hand luggage otherwise, it’s a few more shillings to put it in the hold,
I  need to check my  locations  , where I am sending my bounce and resupply points for the first weeks and then i may relax ..

Sunday I can chill,  have many hugs with my Dog Taylor, who I will miss dreadfully , even when the bugger eats my  dinner (fucker!!!)
He knows something is amiss as has not left my side, Bless.
I have Checked my flights I get in around 5 pm I estimate an hour to clear Immigration  then it’s an hour on the train to North springs

I will need a ride, Lift or Taxi to my Hotel in Dahlonega from North springs , But again I will worry about that later.
Once in Dahlonega , I plan to have a chill out day ha ha , That means shopping and the post office  nd then to the trail the next  day

Next post From Atlanta  Whoop

Transporter

My  Pack  in its  Transporter

 

Getting the Fidgits

Beginning to get fidgety now, I’m not one for waiting around, I just want to set foot on the trail.
I must admit I have been looking at a few hikers blogs, mainly their first few days. I really like a hiker called Amanda Bess, what I like is her pure honesty, from talking about taking a dump to working out what day it is by checking her birth control pills, She is such a Cheerful person which i love

It was whilst watching one of her videos I heard the expression “Snot Rocket “!
I thought I knew what it meant but googled it just to be sure.
( Yes it is as I thought.)
It’s when you hold a nostril and blow sending a jet of snot out of the open side then  repeat with the other side… This really made me laugh. I have done this many times when I hiked in the past but didn’t think that it had a name and in deed there are several YouTube videos showing you how to perfect such process.

Backpack

My  pack  is  ready, it just  needs hoisting onto my  back  and  for me to begin my  adventure. I am so stoked , not long to go now Whoop

 

A frustrating day,

20 days to go

Today has been a frustrating day,

I am planning to take my Samsung S7  phone with me , But  trying to  get  the correct information regarding  US sims  cards  is  driving me  nuts .
Before I brought this phone, I had long conversations with Samsung UK about being able to use it on a CDMA network. (It is what Verizon use in the US)
They  assured me  that if it was unlocked and had  been used in the UK  for at  least  48  hours  then it should  work, I also  checked with Samsung USA  and  they said  the same
However, Verizon the network that I was hoping to use say NO!

However, I cannot find anyone to confirm this,

It’s  all about coverage as I used AT&T when I hiked the PCT and they were worse than useless. So maybe I will sprint or T-Mobile …. Although I could buy a cheap compatible phone and hot spot it to my current phone ..

Oh well there’s no point worrying now until I  fly  in …

What else have I been doing , mainly avoiding gear shops.
But  I have packed and  unpacked my pack,  and I am happy with what I am carrying.
I have several extra bits of clothing, which I may shed, when I have a week or two under my belt.
I am planning to take a bounce box , but I am now having reservations
On the Pacific Crest Trail it was a necessity , but that isn’t the case on the AT,

Logistics

I have spent the day going through my plans

As I said, I am sending a bounce box that contains spare gear including two new pairs of shoes…
I plan to send it to Franklin  , this  will be  my shake down, so any items of kit I no longer need  I will place  in the box  or  grab  an item  from it  if needed.
I will then bounce my Box to  Damascus  mile 469,  This  is when I may require new  shoes , again if  I don’t need  I  will bounce  it  on to Harper’s ferry,
Later  if I change my mind I can then get  it back  or delivered to another location .
I have planned   4  bounces  after  that  I  may  not  need  it. Alternatively, I  may have abandoned it before the fourth bounce.

Proposed Bounce Box Locations

First Bounce, Franklin, This will be my shake down. Miles 118

Second Bounce, Damascus, Replace shoes. Mile 469

Third Bounce, Harper’s Ferry, Replace shoes. Mile 1019

Fourth Bounce, Great Barrington, Possibly last bounce. Mile 1520

Dahlonega

After flying  in to Atlanta  I  plan to  catch  the Marta  which  is a light railway. This will take me to North springs that should reduce my costs of getting to Dahlonega
From here to Dahlonega  is  still TBC, the  Uber seems a good choice, maybe I can split a ride  with someone  when I get  there !
I hope to get to my Hotel around 8pm, grab some dinner and a beer and get a good night sleep,
In the morning I plan to  find a phone shop  and   get a US sim,  I would like to use Verizon  as  this  company seem to  offer the best coverage, so this will be my first choice.

Next  will be a visit to Walmart, to buy  food  for  the first few days that I am  on trial before heading back my hotel  to  decant   into  zip locks and loose  the packaging .
Finally to the post office,  to  send  my  bounce  box  and   maps  to various  locations up the trail
Once back at my hotel I will look at  possible  rides  to  the  trail  for the morning

And  relax !!!!
In the morning  my adventure will begin !!

Food Drops

From my research, it is recommended to send food drops to the following locations

Nantahala Outdoor  center (the NOC)  mile 137
Fontana,  mile 164,
Bland VA mile 587
Harper’s Ferry mile 1019
Caratunk mile 2034
Monson  mile 2070

From Franklin  I will send 3 days to the NOC  and 4 days  to Fontana
The  rest  I will  decide  as I get nearer  to  those  other Towns