Thanks to Susan and John who got me to Springer this morning. We parked and hiked back down the trail to the summit and the southern terminus of the AT. After a few pictures and signing the hiker register, we turned around and started back north. We said our goodbyes at the truck and off I went on the trail. It's now close to 4:30 and I am setting up camp just yards from the Hawk Mtn Shelter. That's almost 10 miles for the first half day. I have to keep reminding myself to slow down for the first few days or the first 100 miles.
So day one is in the books and I'm still on the trail. It's hot, I'm tired and sweaty and I love it.
More later. Happy trails.