Hello escape artists. I have a video ready to upload, but the options at Neels Gap are too slow. It would take 4 hours to upload the video. So, I am looking at other options to get it to you. Even pics are too slow. So, I’ll upload when I have a better option.
So, I should start with yesterday. Hawk mountain to Justus Creek. It was a long…. short day. The mileage was low, but the elevation differences were high. A few ups and downs. A low amount of water supplies, but the local Army unit left a water supply, it will be in the video.
I camped out last night at Justus Creek. It was beautiful. A nice valley overlooking a creek. However, I had to rant a bit about something. It’s in the video… swearing disclaimer on that… but human ignorance defaced something beautiful.
It was a wet night, rained most of the night.
But today was clear all day. So clear I will look like a crisp tomato tomorrow despite using sunblock. There was a nice “military ridge” walk, which is a ridge walk that is not on top of the ridge but up to a few hundred feet down from the ridge but follows it. Then I came to the first vista on the trail…. see the attached pic.
After I got to woody gap, I met up with a couple women that were doing a section hike, and they were running people where they needed to go. Long story short… it will be added in the video, I did a beer run for another group (I fly, they buy deal). Hung out with them a bit tonight. Cool group of people I might be seeing more of on the trail.
The next post may be questionable for timing…. backup battery is on the last charge, and no clue when I will have signal again, so I need to conserve my cell phone battery.
The stars are beautiful tonight. I am going to put the phone down, and go stare at the sky a bit before going to bed and moving on.
I have officially begun the trail. Started from Springer Mountain around 11-ish this morning, after saying my byes to Jared. I have confirmed he made it back to the car safely. He will camp out the night at the same campground we stayed at Friday, and drive back to Pittsburgh on Monday.
I am now at Hawk Mountain tent area. On the way here, sadly, no wildlife other than squirrels. However, I ate some wildlife. My dad provided some deer bologn, which I find goes very well with sharp cheddar cheese in a tortilla wrap. Kind of a bummer it is heavy, but I have to eat it fast so it doesn’t spoil. Dinner was good too, pasta side with some spam. A packet of Propel to pour in the water was the best drink all day.
Cell signal was lacking all day, and it’s not the best right now. Pictures will come when the cell service is stronger. If there is no service at camp from now forward, I will post at the next camp where there is service.
While there are at least 20 other people here…. it’s time to start my first night camping alone.
Sitting by a fire now. Here are some pics from the trip:
Visiting family now, and yesterday. Driving down to Georgia tomorrow, and camping at Amicalola Falls campground tomorrow night. Saturday morning, I start the approach trail!
Since you can’t see it here, I start on March 25th, this coming Saturday.