Paul Does the Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

We love it when people challenge themselves and have fun at the same time! Meet Paul. He’s newly retired and celebrating. No, not a party. Paul is hiking The Appalachian Trail.

PDAT Paul He and his wife, Jeanine, stayed at the Inn, and told us about his plans to hike the AT. So where is he starting? At the Rockfish Gap trail marker here in Waynesboro!

Paul, who goes by the Trail name of PDAT (Paul Does the Appalachian Trail) is headed to Mount Katahdin in Maine, the highest mountain in the US. With an elevation of 5,287 feet, it was named Katahdin by the Penobscot Indians and means “The Greatest Mountain.”

Jeanine will shuttle him from one location to another. The couple will celebrate the completion of the Trail with a final stay with us in late summer on their way back to Springer Mountain in Georgia. Springer Mountain is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest in the northern part of the state. It has an elevation of 3,782 feet.

Follow Paul on his journey! He’s chronicling his feat on YouTube. You can catch his videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNdSAAzi7zTtFbIw83NDPsg

Hiking the AT: Starting the Journey

On March 1stin 31 degree weather Paul started his journey By day three, it had snowed, and he had to trek 16 miles that day. By the time he got to Stony Man Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park, it was a mud fest!

Stony Man Mountain

photo courtesy of summit post.org

Still, the view from Stony Man had to be worth it. With an elevation of 4,000 feet, here’s a snapshot of what he saw.

By day 10, he saw the first butterfly of the season and hiked 20 miles that day!

When St. Patrick’s Day rolled around, after the inclement weather, Paul was grateful for three full days of sunshine.

Paul’s just beginning his journey and we can’t wait to see what else he posts on YouTube as the season progresses. When he and Jeanine make a final stay with us in late summer, we’ll follow up with another post to let you know how he fared during his journey.

In the meantime, you don’t have to hike the Appalachian Trail to book a stay at the Iris Inn. With more than just the creature comforts of home, you’ll find lodging so luxurious, you might find it hard to leave!