March 26 day 3 9:00-3:00
We hiked to Gooch Gap Shelter, it was packed with
20 thru hikers, and 9 section hikers. The ground was so uneven Shortcake and I found ourselves rolling on top of each other.
The wind was horrible tonight, then it turned to a down pour. Our tent was so dirty from the splash up of mud. No rain no pain. Foggy morning continued into a foggy afternoon but late afternoon the clouds blew away allowing the sun and breeze to dry our filthy gear
March 25 Day 2 9:20pm-4:20pm
It was a fabulous day on the AT. We said goodbye to Batman after he hiked north with us mile. He still had to trek back out to the car at Amicalola. We will be reunited on Tuesday at NEL Gap.
The weather was incredibly nice. We felt great and hiked a tad further then planned. We ended on top a ridge all alone and it was so nice. (I can't seem to upload photos. So sad. I'll kept trying)
Sharon, Bruce, and I made it to Amicalola Falls State Park a tad after 3:30pm. We are staying at the Lodge. Upon arrival at the park we eagerly visited the welcome center where we signed in for our hike. Sharon is Northbound thru hiker #1165 and I am #1166. We stragically let another hiker register first so I could be number 1156. I like the number 6. But not when it comes to weight. After getting our hiker numbers we weighed our packs. Sharon's was a modest 32, and so was Br
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