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    • BMT>AT>Cohos Trail

      Retirement has made me rethink my hiking plans for this year. I was hoping to do the Idaho Centennial Trail this summer, but I started thinking I'm not really in shape to commit to 900 miles of wilderness, so I've come up with an alternate plan. I figured on doing the BMT as a warmup hike, but that wouldn't leave me much time to work out all of the logistics for the ICT with food drops, water carries, etc.
      So instead, after the BMT, I'll hop on the AT and hike north to NY. I'll then head home to spend a week with my daughter and grandkids, then head up to NH, shuttle to the Canadian border and hike the Cohos Trail down to Crawford notch, and continue on the AT south back to NY and home.
      That's the "plan", but we'll see what my body has to say about it as I go north.
      I should be in Damascus in time for Trail Days.
      its all good
    • The plan begins today. Taking Amtrak to Gaineville, Ga, gets in Thursday 7:25 am.
      I had bought a coach seat for $165 (private rooms started at $615, which I wasn't going to spend) A few days ago, I received an upgrade option where you place a bid starting from $160 to $615 to upgrade to a roomette, which has a bed and a private toilet. I put in a bid for the minimum $160, and a few hours later got an email that my bid was accepted. So at least I'll have a bit of privacy and a bed so that I'll be well rested tomorrow. Total cost $325, almost half the regular price.
      Cool Breeze is picking me up in Gainesville and getting me to FS 42 and Springer.
      From there, who knows? I've been known to change my plans more often than some people change their underwear.
      Let the adventure take me where it will!
      its all good
    • You'll enjoy that room.

      I've done it once. Years ago my wife had a conference to attend in DC so we took Amtrak for the experience and got the room. Really nice and you get a much much better sleep than in the seats in coach. But the price -- ouch! You got a steal of a deal at an additional $160.

      Have a great hike.
      2,000 miler
    • max.patch wrote:

      You'll enjoy that room.

      I've done it once. Years ago my wife had a conference to attend in DC so we took Amtrak for the experience and got the room. Really nice and you get a much much better sleep than in the seats in coach. But the price -- ouch! You got a steal of a deal at an additional $160.

      Have a great hike.
      I never expected them to accept the bid, so,yeah, that was a great surprise. Some pre-trail trail magic, I suppose.
      its all good
    • max.patch wrote:

      You'll enjoy that room.

      I've done it once. Years ago my wife had a conference to attend in DC so we took Amtrak for the experience and got the room. Really nice and you get a much much better sleep than in the seats in coach. But the price -- ouch! You got a steal of a deal at an additional $160.

      Have a great hike.
      I would still take an Amtrak seat over one on a bus. :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      You'll enjoy that room.

      I've done it once. Years ago my wife had a conference to attend in DC so we took Amtrak for the experience and got the room. Really nice and you get a much much better sleep than in the seats in coach. But the price -- ouch! You got a steal of a deal at an additional $160.

      Have a great hike.
      I would still take an Amtrak seat over one on a bus. :)
      I took the bus to Tucson once becasue they had a sale that made it incredibly cheap. Not only will I never do that again, I wouldn't do it if THEY paid ME. The first 2 seats behind the driver was the "non-smoking" section. You can imagine how much that helped. Dad picked me up and the first words out of his mouth were "you stink".

      The police boarded the bus at the stop in Chattanooga looking for a fugitive. OMO can tell you that Chattanooga is not normally a stop you would expect going from Atlanta to Tucson.

      There was also the threat of a strike at the time. (Which is probably why the fare sale was so cheap.) Luckily that didn't happen so we didn't get stranded somewhere in west Texas.
      2,000 miler

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    • hikerboy wrote:

      The plan begins today. ....Cool Breeze is picking me up in Gainesville and getting me to FS 42 and Springer. From there, who knows? I've been known to change my plans more often than some people change their underwear. Let the adventure take me where it will!
      Happy trails. I'm not one to change my plans or underwear all that often. Oops, TMI. Check in from time to time with trip reports, if you are able. I'm hoping to do the HMW to BP in early August, so if you turn right instead of left in NH and end up in Monson, try to run into me.
    • hikerboy wrote:

      The plan begins today. Taking Amtrak to Gaineville, Ga, gets in Thursday 7:25 am.
      I had bought a coach seat for $165 (private rooms started at $615, which I wasn't going to spend) A few days ago, I received an upgrade option where you place a bid starting from $160 to $615 to upgrade to a roomette, which has a bed and a private toilet. I put in a bid for the minimum $160, and a few hours later got an email that my bid was accepted. So at least I'll have a bit of privacy and a bed so that I'll be well rested tomorrow. Total cost $325, almost half the regular price.
      Cool Breeze is picking me up in Gainesville and getting me to FS 42 and Springer.
      From there, who knows? I've been known to change my plans more often than some people change their underwear.
      Let the adventure take me where it will!
      HAVE A GREAT TIME and check in when you can.
      Amtrak is a good way to travel as long as you're not on a tight schedule as freight trains get priority over Amtrak .