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Brian & Alli - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2011

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Beardo & Sweet P
Begins: Jun 24, 2011
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Nov 20th, 2011
Daily Distance: 23.4
Trip Distance: 2,147.1

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Got a late start this am because of fog. Sleeping bags had condensation on them, which we hadn't experienced in a while.

We had been warned that the Georgia trails don't have switchbacks and have a lot of straight ups and downs. This is partially true. There are a lot of ups and downs but they are not more than 1500 foot elevation gains so it isn't too bad. It is still somewhat tiring, but not near the ups and downs of western Maine.

Flat woods road in middle of the day gave us a good break where we were able to pick up our pace and make some miles fairly quickly. Most of the day we were hiking in a cloud. Not really rained on much except for in the early part of the morning. Temperatures were t-shirt weather most of the day.

We had planned to go to a shelter tonight but then realized that it was over a mile off the trail. We decided to push to a campsite that was 2 miles further. It is a good site, and had some wood for a fire already collected. Hope to remember to take a photo of the site with all our tents/tarp set up here in the am. The whole group of ten of us are all here. We are currently in a cloud right now and expect some rain overnight. Have been in a sort of drizzle for a bit.

Lots of campers and dayhikers out. Some of the folks know that we are thru-hikers (maybe our smell, maybe the determined looks.....who knows) and congratulate us before asking if we are thru-hikers. It is nice to hear that from them.

Hard to believe our hike will be over soon...less than 35 miles left. It seems somewhat surreal that we are this close to the end after so many steps. The goal was big enough to be very daunting and distant, but now it is less than 48 hours away.

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