Journal 30-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

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Sunday–March 21, 2021
Trail Day–030
Trail Mile–10.4/348.7
Location–Northern Terminus Pinhoti Trail, then to Budget Inn in Ellijay

A chilly night, but I slept soundly wrapped in my comfy 30-degree Zpacks lightweight quilt. Copperhead is already breaking camp as I wake this morning. So, he’s out a little ahead, headed for the Pinhoti Trail northern terminus. Lots more climbing today, to the highest point on the Pinhoti–Buddy Cove Gap, which stands at 3,146 feet. Great views out across the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia! And many more water crossings today. Some running deep and swift, the last being South Fork, Jack’s River.


Today is the first day of spring. Lovely little wildflowers to show, plus buds fully formed on the rhododendron will bring us Nature’s finest show real soon!

Another sad time of it today as this will be Mancil Copperhead Scogin’s last day hiking with me. Thanks for coming out and spending time on the trail with me. It was great, Copperhead!

But joy-of-joy, today, my dear friend, Barry Riddle will arrive to support me for the next number of days. Barry spent six weeks supporting me during Odyssey 2017, my Historic Route 66 trek.

Late afternoon, Barry drops me off in Ellijay as he takes Copperhead back to his car at Mulberry Gap. Another fine day living life to its fullest.


May you live every day of your life.
(Jonathan Swift)

4 Comments on “Journal 30-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

  1. So many water crossings there are! Those big boots you are wearing are certainly coming in handy. Have you trouble with blisters ever? A fine reading at night is your journal before sleeping. The peaceful solace of the woods being transferred through this media. Roll on brave soul!


  2. Sunny. So good to be able to keep up with you on the trail. You are a great inspiration to all of us. May God bless your trail energy and journey.


  3. I and several folks from the Adirondack mountain club Onondaga chapter met you at highland forest, New York State several years ago. Am enjoying your posts keep on keeping on Ed


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