I have made it to Georgia! I feel as though I have been in transit for days, what with the 24 hour flight schedule from Syd-NY & the 17 hour train ride from NY Penn Station to Gainesville, Georgia. But I did get one full day in that favorite of U.S. cities: NYC. Wandered through Central Park & Times Square (that place is whack), met my friend Peter for coffee, followed by a (well-remembered) savory crepe at Cafe Europa diagonally opposite the beautiful Carnegie Hall, bought a new phone from the swanky 5th Ave Apple store. And spent some time admiring this old friend:Got my hobo on at Penn Station prior to departure on the Crescent (which runs all the way down to New Orleans) with my backpack, frontpack and not yet apportioned food purchases for the trail still in brownbags from my morning grocery shop at Wholefoods, prompting an announcement over loudspeaker to please refrain from sitting on the station floor. Provide seats then. Sigh. I must have looked quite at home as I was asked for directions. Twice. Just passing through!
I made friends with my carriage steward, Mike, on the Crescent, who gathered from my outsized pack that I was hiking the trail, and subsequently brought me stashes of coffee, sugar, personal TP portions (N.B. rail travel packaging is the perfect size and weight for the aspiring thru-hiker) & snacks. He signed the passenger manifest as a memento and told me to message him news of the journey.On arrival in Gainesville, I was picked up by Duffy and shuttled to my accommodation (The Hiker Hostel) 6 miles out of Dahlonega, where I am staying in a container cabin.
This is what four days worth of trail food looks like:
Oh yeah, and here’s the beast: