Hey all! These first 100 miles have been an absolute blast, I am so happy to be out here experiencing such wonderful sights with such wonderful people! Here are some highlights from along the way.
Before hitting the trail I spent a week in Chicago visiting family. It was so nice to spend time with them before heading out, I also got to set up my resupply boxes with my mom and sister while I was there.
It was a hot mess getting them all sorted and organized but I pulled it off! The week flew by, and the day finally came for me to fly to Atlanta. I felt like a kid on the first day of school, I even took a photo on the front porch before leaving.
I was lucky enough to have a friend of mine in Atlanta agree to house me that night and then drop me off at the trail the next morning. Gerald, if you read this, thank you again for everything!
We arrived at Amicalola State Park and I finally got to walk up to the arch I had been seeing in everyone else’s Day 1 photos, and it ignited an excitement in me like nothing else. I of course had to get the iconic photo, too.
Gerald hiked the first 1.5 miles of the approach trail with me, which I did not expect, but it was a nice surprise!
Any nervousness I had felt faded away the moment my feet hit the trail, I was finally back in the wilderness and I was damn happy to be there.
One of my biggest worries about this experience was that I wouldn’t make friends and find a tramily (trail family) right away, but on night one I met some amazing people and that worry quickly faded.
I got to experience my very first night in a shelter, and coincidentally one of the coldest nights I’ve slept outside. It got down to 22° that night! We all woke up cold and ready to start moving. But the sunrise that morning was absolutely beautiful!
Let me tell you, it’s amazing out here. The east coast is vastly different from the west, but I’m loving it. Here are some of the beautiful sights I’ve gotten to see so far!
I’ve also been lucky enough to come across a handful of people doing trail magic! Trail magic is when people from nearby towns will haul food and supplies up to parts of the trail and hand them out freely to passing thru-hikers.
My favorite is when people have fresh fruits and vegetables, anything fresh after days of only dehydrated foods is a luxury I am grateful for. On the other hand, I was also pretty damn stoked on the Taco Bell we came across in Hiawassee.
Within the first 100 miles I got to hit my first big milestone – completing my first state! I crossed over from Georgia into North Carolina, leaving 13 more states for me to get through.
The day after completing Georgia I hit my second big milestone – the 100th mile! Only 2100 to go after this, and I’m looking forward to every single one of them.
I really appreciate the support you all have given me along the way – you have no idea how much it means to know my friends and family believe in this incredible venture I’ve set out on. Here’s to hoping the next 100 miles are as great as these first 100!