We got a later start today because we were burrowed in our sleeping bags and couldn’t see that the sun had come up. We were the last ones to leave around 10:30. We would like to start earlier, but when you don’t set an alarm, you just have to rely on the sun or the rustling of other hikers getting ready. We climbed Powell Mountain and then had a long descent into Dicks Creek Gap. We also had a long, steady climb up Buzzard Knob. We didn’t see many people on the trail today. We have heard that some people have dropped out, but I think also a lot of people are taking a couple of days off in Hiawassee because of the cold. About 30% of hikers who started at Springer Mountain have dropped out by now. It’s sad to hear about people you know getting off the trail, but that’s how it goes.
Today was a big day. We crossed our first state line and we are officially in North Carolina! I still can’t believe we have made it this far. We hiked 78.5 miles in Georgia, not including the 8.8 miles of the approach trail. One state down. Thirteen to go. I know that we’re the ones doing this thing, but it all still seems surreal to me. We just hiked into another state. What?! Georgia was absolutely beautiful and I’d recommend hiking there to anyone.
Both of us have a few blisters, but nothing major. My knees have been bothering me on the descents, but I can blame genetics for that, right dad? I don’t think the I’ve got my trail legs yet, but I do think I’m getting there. I must have lost a couple of pounds already too because I’ve already had to tighten up my hip belt. As my dad reminded me, it’s important to eat enough protein so that I can continue to hike. Losing too much weight or muscle in my case would not be good.
We’ve had a couple of long days. We hiked 13.1 miles yesterday and 12.6 today. We’re still loving it out here and meeting so many different people. We’re preparing for rain tomorrow, so we can only hope that it’s not too cold and windy out as well.
We smell bad, we’re dirty, and we’re hungry all the time, but we’re going to keep on truckin’! We’re ready to conquer a new state along the AT.