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Thomas "10-k" Bradford
City: Erwin
State: TN
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 11, 2011
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2011
Start: Erwin, TN

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Getting ready... I think I'm ready... Maybe... I hope...

Well, in 48 hours I should be hiking on the Bartram Trail. I've got my gear packed and am sitting on go. I contacted my shuttle, Ron Haven out of Franklin, NC, yesterday and confirmed the pickup place and time.

I'm looking forward to this hike. It's relatively short, 118.5 miles with the roadwalk and additional AT mileage at the end, and there's a big grocery store and some fast food joints right off the trail at almost the halfway point. How cool is that.

This will be the lightest pack I've left with. I'm right at 15 of which about 9.5 is food for 3.5 days and a quart of water. As I plan on hiking 30 miles each day I pretty much only need to be able to hike, which requires nothing - and eat, and sleep which requires shelter and a bag. So, I'm taking no fluff, extras or luxuries at all - except for the SPOT my wife insists on. Having been together almost 26 years I've learned which battles are worth fighting and whether to take the SPOT or not is one that I'll concede - if mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy.

Weather's looking good, and this journal is created and waiting on my update when I get back. Until then!

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Bartram Trail Hike

The Bartram Trail follows the approximate route of 18th-century naturalist William Bartrams southern journey from March, 1773 to January, 1777. Bartram explored much of the territory which is now the states of North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. Learn more: www.ncbartramtrail.org

 

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