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Roger and I arrived in Atlanta this morning and took the MARTA to North Spring to meet up Roni’s dear friend/sister, Elisa, whom she hadn’t seen each other since 1995 for a lunch. It was wonderful lunch to catch up with each other’s news and for Roger to share his envision of AT. After lunch, the Hiker Hostel picked Roger and me up and headed for Dahlonega. Such a gorgeous hostel in beginning of Appalachia Mountains range. We re-evaluated our backpacks to remove any unnecessary items to mail them home. Now, it is less than 12 hours before we take the first footstep on AT for 5 millions footsteps (I saw a really tall hiker named “Skywalker” which I discovered his book on the end table at hostel.  I picked it up and saw his quote about first step toward 5 millions footsteps….so I decided to borrow his quote since I liked it so much!!!!  Here is his website: http://www.skywalkerat.com/  I repeat – he was realllllly TALLLLL!!!!). It gives me a goosebumps to even ponder about that. Of course, I am nervous in some ways, but with touch of optimistic vibes and support from my friends, loved ones and family…it just tides me over to begin my journey with Roger to help him pursuing his dream at last. Wow…..

Folks, I may not able to send updates for a while until we arrive in town with electricity and Internet. Wish us well on our way – follow the white blaze trail! 🙂

Roni and I landed here in Atlanta safely…hopped on subway to meet Roni’s friend for lunch…A shuttle bus from Hiker Hostel gave us a lift to the hostel…we rested the most day..reorganized our backpack getting ready for BIG DAY tomorrow 🙂

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PAH….Roger bought the airfares today.   Roger and I are to fly out this Monday morning (5-April) and land in Atlanta. We will stay overnight at Hiker Hostel in Dahlonega, GA.   What’s even cool is that Hiker Hostel offers Thru-Hiker Special.  It includes:

  • Shuttle from North Springs MARTA Station or Gainesville, GA to the hostel
  • Overnight stay in one of our bunk rooms
  • Breakfast
  • 8 oz of white gas or denatured alcohol (additional fuel may be purchased by the ounce)*
  • Shuttle to Amicalola Falls State Park or the Springer Mountain parking lot (0.9 miles north of Springer on USFS 42)

All for merely $70 per hiker! We will take a shuttle ride to the Springer Mountain parking lot this Tuesday 6-April to begin our AT Expedition.  It is gonna becoming a reality!  😎

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Map of entire Appalachian Trail - 2,179 miles/3,507 km - through 14 states - Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine

Map of entire Appalachian Trail - 2,179 miles/3,507 km

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