Entering AT country

April 18, 2006

This weekend my younger son and I will be heading down to an area where the AT crosses. We’ll be riding in the Circle the Bald charity bicycle ride on Saturday, which is sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association.

Then we’ll head up to Brasstown Bald to watch the finish of stage 5 of the Tour de Georgia.

We’ve done this the last two years, but this year will have one big difference: no Lance Armstrong.

Though we won’t be hiking the AT, we’ll still get in some hiking. In order to get to the finish line at the top of Brasstown Bald you pretty much have to hike. The road to top is closed that day and we found the shuttle buses that are provided are few and crowded.


Wish I’d thought of that

April 18, 2006

Tom Mangan has a neat idea in his blog. He's been reading trail journals of AT thru-hikers, and every now and then he posts some excerpts.

I find, however, several problems with reading trail journals:

  • When you find a good one, you get caught up in it, losing all track of time.
  • It's hard to find good ones. There are several bad ones.
  • They make you want to quit your job and start hiking.