Arriving during one of Atlanta's worse down pours, I kept thinking, why this rain? My ride was delayed by it. The departing train, too.
My ride, treated me to a shower at her place, and a quick run to the grocery store.
We made our way to Amicalola State Park, the beginning of the Approach Trail. After signing in at the lodge she dropped me at a campsite.
I pitched my tent, threw stuff in, and went for a wander. I descended the stairs back to the visitor's center. I'd registered a few moments earlier as Thru-hiker 1044. I read the registry for a bit, 2 other hikers are from Utah.
I'm chilling out in the lodge while my phone charges and I rest up from 3 1/2 days of travel.