On Thursday, March 19, I conducted another “conditioning” hike on the Appalachian (AT) in Georgia. My goal with these hikes is to get my legs ready for averaging 15 miles per day when I return north for another new section of the trail.
This hike started and ended at Woody Gap. I hiked 7.6 miles north to the southern base of Blood Mountain, then returned. There’s a nice spring on the trail, just as it begins the climb up Blood Mountain.
The weather was nice: partly cloudy, slight breeze, 70s for high. I walked around 7.5 hours total, spent another 45 minutes or so stopping or resting/eating. As can be seen in the pictures below, there were nice views through the trees. Saw several thru-hikers headed north in their attempt to do the entire trail in one long hike. (Of note: Several states have closed the camping areas along the trail. That, together with urging from the AT Club, is causing most to drop off the trail until the virus problem passes.)
Sharing some views with you from this walk:
Felt blessed to be able to hike the 15.2 miles, and enjoy another wonderful day in the Lord’s beautiful Creation!