I arrived in Atlanta shortly after 6am and after grabbing my pack I jumped on public transportation to make the trip North to where my first trail angel would pick me up and take me to the trailhead for the approach trail that leads to Springer Mountain which is the beginning of the Appalachian trail. While I waited for him I got the last few items I needed before hitting the trail including Water and Alcohol for my stove. Once I was packed and ready I found J Christopher’s, a nice place for some coffee. Once there I knew I came to the right place. The people couldn’t have been nicer. I was able to get one last charge in all my electronics and Rick soon arrived. I met him over New Years in Denver and as he puts it my eyes just lit up when he said he didn’t live too far from the Appalachian Trail. The rest is history. We had a good chat for the hour ride from a North Atlanta suburb up to Amicola State Park. We snapped a few pictures and then it was time to part ways. He is truly a great person! I took the 600 step staircase to the top of Amicola falls and then proceeded the following 8.5 miles to the top of Springer Mountain. There were many people hiking on the trail and it was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky. I am camped right at the beginning of the AT so I guess technically my first day on the real trail will be tomorrow. I am camped in a shelter and decided not to put my tent up and and just sleep on it as a sheet. At 5pm I can already see my breath so it might be a cold one. Tomorrow will be the true day 1!