A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao-tzu
Miles walked today – 2 miles on road to Springer Mountain, a mile up to the top of Springer Mountain once I got to the parking lot. Appalachian Trail miles 8.1.
Woke up and headed to Springer Mountian the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. There was a pretty big storm last night and as we drove up to Springer Mountain parking there were trees covering the road. We were fortunate that we were behind three trucks. All three were headed to a campsite 7 miles from Springer Mountain. Brock, Chuck and Patrick-three of the best good ol’ boys you could hope to meet all had chainsaws and cleared the road for us almost the entire way.
Chuck is a retired sheriff and chief of police. Hubster and Chuck talked about being retired. Chuck says his favorite time of month is the first. He sits and watches his mailbox where his five checks are delivered. He was a hoot!
Chuck and the boys turned off to their campground and we continued on. A half mile down the road a tree was over the road. It was still 6 1/2 miles to Springer but there was nothing to do but get out and walk. Said goodbye to the Hubster and started the long walk up. I walked 2 miles….
Then some trail magic happened! Chad and his three girls (Morgan Amaya and Jaelyn) were coming down the road from Springer Mountain parking lot he couldn’t get through so he turned around and picked me up on his way back and gave me a ride to Springer. Thank you so so much Chad!
Got to the shelter and set up my tent and had some lunch. I did not realize how hungry I was. We got up this morning and just started up the mountain. Neither of us felt like breakfast. So I enjoy three packets of peanut butter crackers and some Oreos.
I would’ve taken a picture of the inside but it was truly too gross to put up on the Blog. Do you see the open screened in area down below? That is poop! It falls directly from the hole to the ground. Digging a hole in the woods is looking pretty good right now.
It is now 3 o’clock. I know I stopped early today but everyone says not to go too far your first week so I’m trying to heed what the experts have told me. This was my plan destination so even though I got here early I stopped. Got this blog done so now I guess I should go socialize a little bit. Or I could just curl up in my tent and read.
Enjoying life on the trail.