A tough day on the approach trail. I was dropped off at Amicalola Falls State Park in GA by my parents around 11am. Right off the bat I struggled with the mile hike straight up the falls on metal stairs. The rest of the 8 mile trail was just as hard with a steady up hill 2000 elevation change. I finally reached Black Gap shelter before dark. the campers at the shelter were very nice and that boosted my moral back up again. Met thru hiker Candace.
Crazy storm rolled in over night with high wind and down pour. Woke up freezing. Hiked up to the summit of Springer Mountain the beginning of the Appalachian Trail. Sitting at the top was Springer Mountain Caretaker Jonathan who help me greatly with adjusting my pack to make it more comfortable. I also met another thru hike named “Bryguy75” who hiked the trail while he was 15 in 1975. I hiked down Springer to Stover Creek Shelter for lunch and met up with “Coffee pot” his dog Scout and Shaun.
I camped with them at a beautiful spot with a stream right before Three Forks.
Hiked to Hawk Mountain Shelter and took it easy. A guy who passed me blurted out “The turtle wins this race.” and now that is my slogan.
Cold night. Woke up early and hiked to Gooch Mountain Shelter. During the hike up Sassafras Mountain I met up with a group of three thru hiker Diesel, Montana and Chef Brodi.
Woke up to a cold rainy day. Hiked to Woods Hole Shelter.
Woke up freezing and hiked up Blood Mountain. Hiked the steep rocky trail with thru hiker Nina and mjade it to Neels Gap Mountain Crossing around 3pm. Staying in an awesome cabin at Blood Mountain Cabins with a thru hike named Duffer.