Two weeks from today I will be in Georgia getting ready to start the long walk. I am pretty stoked but nervous at the same time. I am contemplating starting a day early on March 31st vs April 1st just due to some logistics. I will figure this out in the next day or two. Once I pin this down I should be ready to go minus the to do list of miscellaneous odds and ends that will ensure I didn’t leave any loose ends behind. I keep thinking about all of the gear I have and feel like I am missing something but I can’t figure out what it is. Of course the first day on the trail I am sure it will be more than obvious what I forgot to pack.
I appreciate everyone’s encouraging words and support! My friend and old neighbor Rod gave me a Leatherman “Wingman” that I will carry as well as some additional first aide items that I had over looked. When I visited my friends Ken and Karen in Globe this last weekend Karen gave me some Melaleuca oil that will help heal blisters. I am sure this stuff will be a life saver!
I have been coordinating with Kevin Brantley and Mark Quintin on when we will meet up to hike through the Smokey Mountains as a group. It looks like we are going to meet up on the 18th of April and then start making our way through the Smokeys on the 19th. It should take us about a week to complete that ~70 mile section. I have worked with and learned a lot from these two guys for many years and now I get to spend some time on the journey of a lifetime backpacking with them in the middle of no where. I am so looking forward to this and hope to have some other friends join me along the way at some point.