Just can’t wait to get on the trail again… After having a night of camping at the Top of Georgia Hostel, I got my laundry, had a shower and resupplied my rations. My hiking partner, SOIL (southern IL) and I moved on up the mountain. We put in 16 + to get over the GA/NC line. The days are already starting to run together but we camped out next to a shelter as it was full with 8 people. The next day we logged another 16+ to a shelter that held 16, sort of a double decker. But to get to it we had to hike up and over Mt Albert.  And he ain’t no prince in a can. Very tough climb up rocks to a fire tower and we couldn’t see a thing cause of the fog and rain. After that we got to the post and beam shelter, probably the nicest one’s along the trail. The pre built it at the “factory” and put it in place in one piece via helicopter. Today we hiked another 10+. All of our stuff was soaked from the day before and so we came off the trail in Franklin NC. A man was waiting at the road to give us free  orange juice and coffee. He even gave me a free fuel canister that another hiker left with him.  Tomorrow we are treated to a free breakfast via a local church and then its back on the trail again. I’m learning to take each moment as it comes. As miserable as I was at times climbing in the rain yesterday, I am just a s content now with gracious people, a new set of hiking poles form Walmart and half a Dominoes pizza.

I passed my first week, my first 100 miles and my first state. Next up is the Smokies in about a week or less. By then I should be in better aerobic shape. Getting through there will be my second big marker, the first being GA.

Computer connection is very sketchy at the hostels and hotels and on my phone so please be patient, pics and color to follow.  Suffice to say I am so grateful for everyone praying for me supporting me and cheering me on.

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12 thoughts on “ON THE TRAIL AGAIN

  1. So good to talk with you today. Keep the positive thoughts out-numbering the negative ones! So proud of you! Pls convey my gratitude to “Soil” for being a good hiking partner! Belle has been my walking partner, but I m ready to trade her in for someone who doesn’t require me to carry bags and hose off their sand. She’s a good dog!


  2. Man you are moving out! Already in NC! I don’t know if you hear things out there but Duke did win the NCAA championship! Have faith, keep the pace and peace be with you brother!


    1. Sounds like you’re really stepping out, climbing up! Praying for continued good health and weather! And more Trail Fairies. Love that term.


  3. Wow, Andy, you are doing great!! So proud of how you are doing!! Raymi wants to camp out at your house this summer. Lindsey and I popped by to see Lori, and Raymi didn’t want to go. He asked Lindsey if he could stay with Lori. We promised he could go back in the summer when here, and that was all he kept signing all the way home.
    Doug says hi and to keep up the good hiking.


    1. A friend of mine taped a presentation I did back in the Fall and recently edited it so I could post it on Youtube.com. After going to the website, just search for Andy Davidson thru hiking thru life and you should get the 3 parts. The total presentation lasts about an hour. Hopefully it will make you laugh and think. Since I last wrote, I have to say I really miss the trail and miss conversing with y’all even more. I’ve been working on another project which I hope to announce in the near future. Until then I have dreams of jumping in the truck with Lor and Belle (our Springer Spaniel) and back packing out West this summer. (Just don’t tell my employer).

      Take care, “Phantom”

      I can’t thank you enough for all the support. Feel free to spread the word and I apologize to some of you who may be getting this notice as a repeat.


  4. Finally got on your blog! Don’t know why your email didn’t come thru, but Lori set me up. Pics are making me homesick! Still re=reading the 1939 account of the Smokies – it’s a blast – you must read and compare after you get back. God Bless you (as He already has) with more good buddies and great experiences!


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