So I have been planning an AT section hike of GA since Thanksgiving of last year. I've been working out and conditioning myself. Tweaking my gear list, accumulating new gear. I got my finances in order, got the time off of work during my spring break (Week of March 5th). I have been getting excited, up until today when my hiking partner bailed on me. I have never hiked alone, and have never hiked in Georgia (let alone driving there by myself from FL!). I read on here all the time about how it's "ok" for single women to hike as long as they're smart about it. I have talked with friends and family about whether I should hike my own hike solo or just give up on my plans. They have all given me an overwhelming response of "Don't do it! You'll be on your own!" I admit that I'm beginning to feel a little overwhelmed at the prospect of everything I'll be doing solo: Driving the 8+ hour drive, getting a shuttle to the trail head, hiking and not getting lost, meeting up with the shuttle after the hike, finding a hotel/motel where I can shower and get cleaned up, and driving back to FL. Part of me wants to just give into the fear and give up, but the other part of me is so excited about finally getting my feet on the AT, and using my brand new tarptent, and hiking in mountains that I feel if I were to give up, I'd be miserable and mad at myself for not going.
I am posting on this forum of of seasoned hikers to seek advice and maybe a pep talk. I'm a flat-lander and have hiked sections of the FT, but that was 3-4 years ago now. I don't know why the idea of hiking Georgia by myself feels overwhelming and scary, but it does. Am I getting in over my head? Biting off more than I can chew? Or am I just letting the "solo-fear" cloud my judgment and perceptions? I know that only I can answer some of these questions for myself, but really, is it that hard (or scary for that matter...) to get a shuttle to the trailhead and hike Georgia by one's self?