On Thursday, I went to the food store to look specifically for food that would be useful on the trail, without intending to actually buy anything, and then wound up buying a bunch of Clif bars, instant oatmeal, Mac & Cheese, and Ramen, since they were all on sale.
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Yesterday, I stopped by the Apple Store to pick up the shortest (and thus, lightest) Apple Watch and iPhone power cables they had. The Apple Watch charger is still obnoxiously heavy comparatively, and the boxed version has this unnecessary chrome ring around the outside that isn’t present on the cable that comes with the watch.
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I now have confirmed transportation from Gainesville, GA to Amicalola Falls State Park, where I will begin my hike at the foot of the approach trail.
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I went on a 13.9 mile walk (with only a light backpack) yesterday, from the Branch Ave Metro Station to Judiciary Square. About 3/4 of the way through, the back of my knee started feeling weird, almost twinging, like it did during some of my "long walks" in 2011, and my feet hurt in a way they didn't during either of the last two hikes I did. I'm unclear exactly why this is, but it could be because of one or a combination of: long distance on concrete; rapid pace (3.7 mi/h); or no appreciable breaks (both hikes included one or two instances where I stopped for 10 minutes or more, but today's walk included very little time stopped).
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Friday morning, I had a weird dream where (among other things) I was leaving my childhood home, to drive myself to the AT trailhead (apparently via some warp in the fabric of space and time that would get me to Georgia in 20 minutes), around mid-day (so, not even getting a full day's worth of hiking in), after a quick detour to the food store to pick up my first week's worth of food.
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