Monthly Archives: October 2013

Final Journey – Day Eight – Oct 26, 2013

Georgia AT - JR

Day 8

Ramrock Mountain to Hawk Mountain Shelter

North to South

11.0 Miles

A little better at getting up and out today, another sun splashed one. We have been so spoiled on this trip. It’s a lot easier to hike on a dry path with dry soles. The temps stayed higher last night, in the upper 40s – another bonus.

Lots of small up and downs were on the menu today. We needed to do some nonstop work today. I guess you could call it our Crux Day II. An eleven mile day would set us up nicely to reach Springer Mountain tomorrow. Continue reading Final Journey – Day Eight – Oct 26, 2013

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Final Journey – Day Seven – Oct 25, 2013

The view from Preacher Rock, GA.
The view from Preacher Rock, GA.

Day 7

Jarrard Gap to Ramrock Mountain

North to South

6.7 miles

It’s funny how adding the extra day to the trip immediately affected us. The first manifestation was hanging out in the tent for an extended breakfast. It took a while for the day to warm up and we weren’t in as much of a hurry. Just knowing that we only needed to cover 9 miles per day for the rest of the trip was enough of an excuse to brew and extra cup of coffee and wait for the sun to do it’s thing. Continue reading Final Journey – Day Seven – Oct 25, 2013

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Final Journey – Day Six – Oct 24, 2013

 

Blood Mountain (4461'), highest point on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail.
Blood Mountain (4461′), highest point on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail.

Day 6

Bags Creek Gap to Jarrard Gap

North to South

9.6 miles

Not much water left, but enough to make two short cups of coffee. Temps went down to the low 40s last night. Needed any warm up we could get to go along with granola bar breakfast. Now the decision to eat bagels earlier in the trip reared its head. Would have been nicer to have a more substantial bagel and peanut butter breakfast to fight the chill. But, here on the trail, you need to live with your decisions, adapt and move on. Started out with fleece top and kept it on most of the day. Continue reading Final Journey – Day Six – Oct 24, 2013

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Final Journey – Day Five – Oct 23, 2013

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Another tremendous wake up call. A Barred Owl serenading us with “Who cooks for? Who cooks for you?”

Fall arrived overnight. The wind turned to northwesterly – driving arctic air our way all day. We had to start making mileage today. Our profile map indicated that the terrain would help – the big ups and downs were subsiding. Continue reading Final Journey – Day Five – Oct 23, 2013

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Final Journey – Day Four – Oct 22, 2013

Georgia AT Day 4

Cheese Factory Site to Chattahoochee Gap

North to South

9.0 Miles

What a great wake up call! A barred owl began calling in the last hour before sunrise. He or she then perched right above the tent and let out a call, just to make sure we were stirring.

My sleep was fitful, as the muscle that extends from my hip down toward my knee on my right leg was throbbing. Rolling onto it and sleeping on that side seemed to help. Continue reading Final Journey – Day Four – Oct 22, 2013

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Final Journey – Day Three – Oct 21, 2013

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Day 3

Kelly Knob to site of the old “Cheese Factory”

North to South

8.0 Miles

Awoke to another gorgeous autumn day in the Georgia mountains. One thing for sure, I caught up on my sleep, I slept 8 hours straight, awoke at 4:19 to go out and look at the stars, then dove back into the sleeping bag for 3 more hours of shut eye.  One small annoyance from yesterday was an incessant headache above my left eye, which I attributed to lack of sleep. I relegated it to “check engine light” status. It was a warning that I needed to keep tabs on, but nothing that would take this vehicle off the road for repairs. Turns out I was right. No headache today. Continue reading Final Journey – Day Three – Oct 21, 2013

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