Day #3: 3/11/2016
Justice Creek—>Lance Creek
9.9 miles

Tonights entry comes via my cell phone. My first night, I attempted to tether my phones Internet to the computer. The computer charged the phone in the process wasting power and the Internet was too slow for efficiency anyway. I’m cutting it close tonight. Computer battery is at 5% as I begin the photo transfer. 4% at finish. I made it! No juice for anything else however.

Last night, we camped at the Justice Creek Campsite but it turns out we weren’t in the campsite. I found out from a Ridge Runner at the Gooch mountain Shelter that we were actually camped on a logging road and too close to the creek. He was surprised to learn we were not awoken by Army Rangers who use the road for training. We heard their automatic gunfire the first night out. Then again, it could have been anyone. We are in Georgia!

The days hike was anther good one. We could not have asked for better weather to begin our thru-hikes. Warm days, cool nights, and lots of sun. We have some rain coming in tomorrow. It’s a common conversation topic out here. A lot of these guys have never camped in the rain before. Hell, some have never even camped. The Ridge Runners look out for people. Even the other hikers all look out for eachother. We’re a community.

I seem to be following into a mentor role as I pass on my own knowledge and experience. It’s a fine line however. Carefully moderated tips and advice that will benefit the person immediately. Where your pack lid goes (the top, not hanging on the back :-), use of the straps on hiking poles, nutrition tips, and stretches. Stretching is very important. Most of this stuff we just have to learn on our own though.

Food cravings are setting in. Not for me, the other hikers. I’ve still got another week of tuna Mac before I’m craving a changup! I’m hearing lots of talk of pizza and burgers. Some even went into town today to satisfy cravings. We are all feeling the exertion. It presents in aches and pains that the stretching relieves and prevents.

Anyway, I’m in the camping area tonight with Shaggy, Moonboots, Canada, and Bambi. It’s exiting being with these guys. Moonboots, Bambi, and Shaggy went into town today. A free shuttle picked them up. Bambi bought a new pack, his old one being too big for him. I’m not sure if they ate “real food” or not. I do know that Netherlands got the last piece of pizza. Bummer guys.

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