I am finally in Georgia. Sitting here in Dahlonega enjoying a nice sunny day. Today is our rest day. The plan is to go through my gear one last time and get some last min items. How we got to Georgia was a good trip with some unexpected turns. Here is what happened.
My friend Chris and I left Kansas City around 9 am on Thursday morning. We drove all day and stopped in Memphis Tennessee. It was about an 8 hour drive. We decided to break p the trip and not drive the entire 14 hours all in one day. I think we are both very glad we did. We Got to Memphis around 7, checked into the hotel, and then head out to grab some dinner. The shuttle driver suggested a place called Cozy’s the place was fantastic. The food was excellent and to be honest the BBQ was better than of most places in Kansas City. We even got to talk with the owner for awhile and she told us that even her great grand kids where working there. It has been open for 35 years and it is a Must try if you are ever in or near down town Memphis.
BBQ Feast at Cozy’s
We got up on Friday morning and headed out to St Jude Children’s Hospital. It was an interesting experience. I had gone there as a child for my cancer treatments and the place has change to where I could hardly recognize it. A few of the buildings were the same, but the complex as at least three times larger than when I was there as a kid. It was great to see its growth knowing the amount of good they do in the world and have over the 20 years since my treatments.
Adam in front of St Jude’s
Our next stop was to see the Ducks at the Peabody Hotel. A beautiful hotel in downtown Memphis where every morning they bring the ducks down an elevator and they parade them to a fountain in the main lobby. Every night they take them back upstairs to their little ducky living quarters.
Ducks in the fountain
Blues and Friend Catfish were calling so we headed down to Beale Street to get some great grub at BB Kings restaurant. It never lets ya down. An awesome atmosphere and even better food.
The legendary BB Kings
We finished up lunch and then headed back to get our car at the hotel. We set a course for Graceland to drive past to say that we saw it. On the way there we had a tire blow out on the off ramp to get to Graceland. So we spent the next few hours dealing with that. We finally left Memphis around five and began our drive to Dahlonega. It was a long drive through the Tennessee mountains in the dark. We arrived at 2:30 local time and pretty much crashed.
Only 16 days until the trail and there is so much to do and very little time left. I have spent most of the past few weeks snowed in. We have had more snow in the past 2 weeks than we have had in several years. Granted 16 inches isn’t a massive amount compared to some places in the continental United States. I have been having a constant battle with the city and they seem to be winning. Their trucks can plow more snow than I can shovel out of my driveway.
On Monday I was let go from work. I will not get into the details but needless to say it actually comes as a blessing. I had been planning on leaving anyway so in the end all things worked out in my favor. My stress level has gone down incredibly on the work side but is starting to increase as I get closer and closer to the trail. Packing of the pack, and continuous packing of resupply boxes and it just seems like nothing is getting done.
In other news today I booked my hotel room in Dahlonega Georgia. Dahlonega sits at the base of Springer Mountain the official Start of the AT.
Hey everyone I wanted to share with you an article I wrote for CampingRoadTrip.com’s November Newsletter. The article is titled Preparing to Hike the Appalachian Trail and can be read in full here. Please enjoy.
Don’t forget that t-shirts are still available and my inventory is shrinking so get yours today!
Hey everyone I just wanted to let you all that there are some t-shirts still available to order. There is only going to be 1 run of them. To order them head on over the t-shirts merchandise page.
Here are what I have left in the women’s shirts: Small – 3 | Medium – 4 | Large – 5
Here are what I have left in the men’s shirts: Large – 1 | XL – 2 | 2XL – 4
roceeds from the sale of the shirts will go toward funding my Appalachian Trail Thru-hike and a portion will go to The Dusty Camel Young Explorers Grant. All Shirts run small and are 100% cotton so wash accordingly.
The price includes shipping. Costs of shirts vary depending on ship to location and size.
Over the past week I have been looking at my guide books, reading trail journals, and crunching numbers. I have managed to get through most of the trail on paper with only 500 miles left. I will most likely end up shaving some miles off a few of the days and adding more days in. So far with the plan I have created I am still looking good time wise. I have managed to figure out 12 mail drops all averaging between 5-7 days apart. I am figuring on carrying a minimum of 8 days’ worth of planned means excluding snacks just in case. You never know when I might decide to stay at a camp for a day extra or maybe run into so not so nice weather. I figure the weather will be my number one enemy closely followed by just wanting to be lazy. (more…)
I hope you have been staying cool with all of these really hot summer months this year. Because of the heat do much of anything outdoors has been pretty brutal. I have been working on more logistics and planning of the trip. Did you know that there were roughly 105 post offices you can send drop boxes to along the Appalachian Trail? That does not include the hostels and outfitter shops that also accept packages.
I am sure by now many of you are asking what a drop box is so let us take a look at what these handly little boxes are. Drop boxes are boxes you fill full of food, gear, or anything that you think you might need or want at a particular pont along the trail. Once they are stuffed full of goddies you have family and friends send them ahead of you on the trail. Many of the locations will hold a package for a Thru-hiker for up to 30 days. When the hiker picks up their package they also might need to send things ahead that they might not need right then but think they will want it in the future. Those boxes are called bounce boxes. They get their nickname because they bounce from post office to post office ahead of the hiker. Hikers can also choose to send stuff back home that might not be needed or wanted anymore. I also plan to send back my memory cards to be archived and backed up at home then returned.
Things you might find in the drop boxes.
Hikers favorite candies
Resupply of food rashions.
Resupply of bandaids and medical supplies
Hot or cold weather clothing depdning on the season
Resupply of batteries and camera cards
Other gear items that might have needed to be replaced.
Coffee and powdered drinks.
Did I mention food?
Guess what more food!
Those are just some of the types of things that I will be boxing up in the next several months into many boxes to be shipped out. I do not have a finalized list of where I will be sending my resupply boxes to but as soon as I know I will get that list to you all.
Get them while they last the first order of shirts has arrived. I have both ladies fitted shirts and mens shirts of various sizes. For those of you who pre-ordered them they will be on their way soon. Sizes run small and are 100% cotton.