I get on a flight at 10:30 tonight and fly to ATL. I land at 6:30 AM, get picked up by Survivor Dave at a train station just north of the airport. Dave will drive me to the Approach Trail, where I start a 8 mile ascent to reach the top of Springer Mountain, the official beginning of the AT (I have been waiting a year to write that last sentence).
I have spent the last week living at my sister and my brother in-law’s apartment. They were very generous to put me up, feed me, help me run errands and even mail some of my food out to predetermined stops.
My mom flew in to spend a couple of days with me as well. She then drove my car back up to her place so it had a safe place to rest while I am away. What can I say, my mom is the best!
I was also able to spend time with some of my best friends this week. It was a great way to spend my last few days in civilization.
I would like to thank some people who made my last month and outstanding one:
Greg and Meghann, thank you for letting me stay at your place for over a month! It was more help than I am sure you know. I truly appreciate your kindness. Tell Pepper that I will be back one of these days to chase her around the house.
Kim, thank you for being an amazing person and friend. You are one of a kind. Go Dodgers!!
The Steadicam Crew, thank you for being the best coworkers out there. I already miss hearing Mark shouting from the machine shop, Marty spouting out some sports facts and Aldo telling Johan to be quiet. You all make me smile. Jose and Richard, get back to work!
Joe, thank you for being an outstanding person and being a friend of mine. You are the model of what all young men should be like.
Josh, keep on doing what you are doing. Your new projects are amazing and I hope you continue working on them. I really look forward to seeing what you do next.
Colleen, thank you for making me smile and laugh.
I will be updating this journal as often as I can. The upcoming posts will be more about the trail and less about me. Thank you to all who are following. It means a lot!