Today will be my first day on the trail! I flew into Atlanta yesterday afternoon and spent the night at The Hikers Hostel (fantastic place, including a pickup from the train, a comfy bed, and warm breakfast to kick off the day). Most of the anxiety I had about my trip melted away over the course of the hours I spent with great company around a fire pit.
My pack is hovering around 40-45pounds with food and water, not a bad place to start. I plan to shed some gear and make replacements along the way, hopefully I can get down to the mid-30’s before long.
I’m all dressed and ready to go, still having a hard time believing this is really my life. There is nowhere else in the world I would rather be.