WOW I had no idea that planning this hike of the AT was going to take so much orchestration! We have changed the location and legs of the hike three times….each time there is more mileage calculations and more decisions on water availability. I cannot wait to get into my car and park it by the trail and leave the world of decisions behind. There are maps to view, elevation to freak out about, there is the companion book and the guide book….oh yes and don’t forget about the data book…..oh my it makes my head spin! Then don’t forget there can be places that show on the map that you can park but you really can’t park there without a permit and how do you get a permit….???? more questions than answers!