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City: Sault Ste. Marie
State: MI
Begins: Feb 27, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Feb 27th, 2011
Start: AFSP
End: Stover Creek Shelter
Daily Distance: 2.8
Trip Distance: 2.8
Entry Lat: 34.6503
Entry Lng: -84.19722

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Day 1

Starting is the hardest part. After much indecision and a tearful goodbye, decided to leave a day earlier then planned, around noon. Was already here and forecast for tomorrow is poor, best to start on a good day and get a bit further ahead of the March 1 starters.

The approach trail had a few decent climbs, but overall not too bad. Seemed easier then my Virginia section. Soles of my feet are burning a bit, but they just need to get toughened up, should be fine in a few days. I ran into 2 other thru hopefuls about 1/2 mile from summit, but otherwise just day hikers. A lady on the summit of Springer took my picture, and I was off on the trail officially. There were several couples up there and didn't see the need to hang around. Had almost no water for several miles, drank way more then usual. Guess going from 20 in Michigan to 80 here is a big shock. Filled up at a nice stream a little past the FS42 parking lot.

Got into Stover Creek Shelter around 5:30. I am the only one here and due to the forecast rain I've decided to sleep inside. It's now 645 and getting dark. Already ate and hung my food. I am tired, so I assume I'll be asleep soon. Tomorrow forecast for heavy rain.

Random observations...

-you assume the huge beards are a result of thru hiking, but every day hiker I saw today already had a huge beard!

-the rocks here are very sparkly -rocky ascents seem easier then flat graded earth

-wildlife today: squirrels and birds -I missed the breeze, hard to cool off without it.

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Appalachian Trail - 2011

"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds."
-- Edward Abbey


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