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Joe James
City: Fremont
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 18, 2022
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Wed, Mar 16th, 2022

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I'm leaving for Atlanta in exactly 2 weeks! I will start my hike on 3/30.
I've done a whole bunch of trail runs and road runs this year. I've logged 530 miles and almost 90k feet of elevation gain in hikes and runs on Strava since Jan 1. I think my legs are pretty ready. I've done four long overnight backpacking trips this year, of 35, 35, 39 and 39 miles. So I can do 20 miles per day as an upper limit now (if I get a rest day afterwards). But I plan to start my hike at just 13 miles per day for the first couple days. Hopefully a few days in I'll feel confident to gradually increase that towards 20 mpd.
I've scaled back my goal of doing the whole trail to just doing 600 to 800 miles, then flying home from Washington DC. I did not buy a return plane ticket yet, but I'm planning about 6 weeks of hiking, then will probably catch a bus to Dulles and fly home in mid May.
I packed up 2 resupply boxes for myself. I'll ship one to Standing Bear Farm at mile 240 the day before I leave, and have my wife ship the other a couple weeks later to Mountain Harbour Hostel at mile 393. Other than those 2 boxes I plan to buy everything I need along the way.
My next post will probably be from Atlanta the day before I start.

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