Well I am all packed up and ready to head out for our next adventure. We will be backpacking a 222 mile section of the Appalachian trail from Franklin, NC to Erwin TN. This will be our third backpacking trip. We will be picking up where we left off last year when we were in Franklin and did our first backpacking trip of 35 miles. Our second trip we did the approach trail at Amicalola Falls and most of the Appalachian trail in GA for a total of 80 miles.
If you have never been to Amicalola Falls a it is a very beautiful a 729-foot waterfall. You may take the very challenging 604 stairs to the top of the falls to see it in all its glory and of course I was up for the challenge. I think Jim had plenty of choice words for me that day. Starting an 80 mile hike with a 604 step staircase was not his idea of fun.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the AT, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is approximately 2,200 miles long, though the precise length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Mom rented a house in Franklin, NC for the whole month of October. I have taken 3 weeks off and will be spending 2 weeks of it backpacking. I am a little nervous because of #1 the distance we will be hiking we will have to average about 16 miles per day for 14 straight days without any days to rest and #2 because I have some issues going on with my feet. I not sure what it is exactly but I what feels like bruising on the top of my right foot and on the inside of my left foot as well. It’s not to painful unless I touch the area, but I’m not sure how I will do over such a distance. I think it maybe some form of tendinitis from doing to much to soon in training for this hike. I am going to hope for the best.
Some pretty awesome news… my Aunt Julie will be joining us for the last 70 miles of the hike. Julie and I have made plans to hike Long trail next year end to end. This will give us a chance to do some hiking together before we do long trail together and Julie some time to figure out her gear. I believe this will be her first overnight backpacking trip.
The Long Trail runs 273 miles through the state of Vermont. It starts at the Massachusetts state line, and runs north to the Canadian border. It runs along the main ridge of the Green Mountains, coinciding with the Appalachian Trail for 105 miles in southern Vermont.
I’ve just checked weather for out trip and it looks like we should have very good weather with sunny skies, very little rain and high temps in the low 70’s and low at night in the 40’s. I’m so excited.