As the title states, tomorrow is the departure date from Raleigh for our thru-hike. We will be going to Springer Mountain tomorrow and spending the night there and will begin hiking on Monday morning, right on schedule. This will hopefully be the first of many "on schedule" moments.
Garrett drove 10+ hours from Ithaca, NY yesterday and jumped right into the final preparations of our mailers/re-supply boxes. We are planning to re-supply 18 times over the course of the summer and we are up to box number 13 right now which puts us in Williamstown, Mass. Instead of making the last five boxes now, we figure it is best to wait and see how our pace/itinerary is looking and have the boxes made for us down the road (thank you family and friends!).
As we have gotten closer and closer to leaving, it is increasingly clear how lucky we are to have the people we do around us. Planning for this trip is much more than i think any of us could have imagined and it has been so awesome to have people anxious to help. So, thank you all very much and our next post should be from the trail, most likely at Neel's Gap.
Here are some photos from the last few days:
CLIF bars anyone?
Cutting toothbrush handles: every ounce counts!
Chef Spencer portioning out noodles and powdered sauces
for our dinners for the next two months.