The first day was warm and rainy. There was the occasional thunderstorm rolling through. The terrain is pretty mountainous and beautiful. We have had a few days of sun with good hiking temps in the 40s. I saw the famous blue haze of the southern appalachians two days ago looking south from Blood Moutain.
We've met some interesting and really nice characters already. Some chefs from Tennassee, "Dart Man" who has already hiked the trail once, (he looks like a mountain man from the 19 century), and some other funny characters. Phil and I feel in pretty good shape, and we're exctied to continue the adventure. Just had my first hitch hiking experience inside the US. Went well.