Day 2 - Benton MacKaye Trail

Today started out late, but we actually saw people! Day hikers passed by us as we were packing up camp and we hiked past them pretty quickly. Most of our early part of the day was downhill and we got six miles done before lunch time. After lunch at the Toccoa River swinging bridge, we started our big climbs. As we were nearly to the top of Toonowee Mountain we saw the only person who has actually asked us if we're thru hiking.  

 Tococca River Swinging Bridge

Tococca River Swinging Bridge

After summitting, we headed down to Hwy 60 - our first road crossing of the trip.  We stopped at the bottom and there the two day hikers caught up to us, they were headed home and we had two more mountains to climb. The first climb up to Wallalah was really tough and it took a while, but the final climb of the day up and over Licklog Mountain was much easier.  

 The view from 3/4 the way up Wallalah... We can see it raining and hear the thunder in the distance! 

The view from 3/4 the way up Wallalah... We can see it raining and hear the thunder in the distance! 

We did 13.5 miles today and it was tough, but we had no choice since there isn't really a lot of water on this trail.  Our campsite had a spring that was down a side trail and was nearly halfway down to the bottom of the 3400 foot mountain we're sleeping on tonight!  Of other note, we hopped into our tent immediately following our dinner and noticed our tent had ripped in two places. We thankfully had a cell signal and I shot off an email to Henry at Tarptent. I'm hoping to hear back from him by morning so we can get our tent replaced!