>AT Update #1: Woody to almost Neels

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We kicked our hike off this morning at about 10:30 by the time everyone arrived and was geared up. We had a cool, clear morning and it was a nice way to start the day. The initial hike up Big Cedar Mountain sure taxed my legs but the view was worth it.

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It didn’t take us too long to make it to the junction with the Jarrard Gap Trail. That’s 5.6 miles in from Woody Gap. We waited about an hour here for the last two to finally drag in before we took off in three different groups.

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Things didn’t quite go as planned this afternoon after leaving this point, though. I and one other guy were in the middle. Apparently we got bad info on where to turn and we’re on our own now. Instead of going over Blood Mtn we’re going around it. We already have a long hike tomorrow. I hope this doesn’t add much to it. I’m bummed that I’m missing the peak.

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We’re fine, though. We walked close to 9 miles until we found a place to make a campsite. As it turns out we have a nice supply of fresh water. That was a welcome relief.

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The plan is to get on the trail early to rejoin the group at Neels Gap. We’re keeping our fingers crossed. 🙂

We setup our hammocks and enjoyed a nice sunset before fixing dinner and turning in for an early night.

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