Week one of our hike was a big success. We made it to Harper’s Ferry, WV which means we crossed our first state line. We left Shenandoah National Park, passed the 100 mile mark and survived the infamous Roller Coaster (a really tough 13 mile section of the trail).
The AT stretches 2190 miles from Georgia to Maine and most hikers do it in that order – starting in GA and finishing in ME. We chose an alternative called a flip flop hike where we start somewhere in the middle and hike to one end then get a ride back to the middle and hike to the other end. This allows us to avoid most of the overcrowding issues common in GA in the spring as well as avoiding the colder temperatures of GA in late winter or ME in late fall. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy hosts a flip flop festival every year to promote and celebrate this alternative hike. That festival is this weekend in Harper’s Ferry so we have a couple days off planned and will be back on the trail on Monday.
Onward and northward,
Miles hiked today: 12
AT miles completed: 122
AT miles to go: 2078